Welcome to Skylark, the NSHD metadata browser.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health of Development (NSHD) is an ongoing cohort study involving some 5,362 men and women born in England, Scotland and Wales who have been followed up since their birth in March 1946. Over the 70+ year follow-up, study participants have provided personal information about their health and life circumstances and taken part in a wide range of tests of their physical, cognitive and mental health. Their right to privacy, and the ethical conduct of all researchers accessing the data, must be guaranteed.

The scientific mission of the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (LHA), which manages the NSHD, is the discovery of life course influences on normal and healthy ageing, and the promotion of healthy ageing.

Skylark provides a means for researchers to access public study metadata.

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