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From paediatrics to geriatrics: a life course perspective on the MRC National Survey of Health and Development

Kuh, D; (2016) From paediatrics to geriatrics: a life course perspective on the MRC National Survey of Health and Development. European Journal of Epidemiology , 31 (11) pp. 1069-1079. 10.1007/s10654-016-0214-y. Green open access

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Abstract

For over 40 years I have enjoyed working collaboratively on research projects to increase understanding of population health with the aim of ultimately improving quality of life. For almost 30 years I have been part of the study team responsible for the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), the oldest of the British birth cohort studies; and for the last 10 years have had the privilege of being the NSHD director. Such a long-term study depends on a committed and scientifically productive study team which maintains study member engagement and attracts expert scientific collaborators. For the last 20 years, I have collaborated with Professor Yoav Ben-Shlomo and others to develop the field of life course epidemiology, the study of the long term effects of social and biological exposures and experiences across life on later life health. So at the outset, I acknowledge that this personal opinion piece which I was invited to submit has implicitly and explicitly been influenced by many colleagues. It also should be read in conjunction with an accompanying article in this issue on the recent 24th follow-up of the NSHD at the age of 70 years (Kuh et al., this issue) and a recent updated review of life course epidemiology.

Type: Article
Title: From paediatrics to geriatrics: a life course perspective on the MRC National Survey of Health and Development
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10654-016-0214-y
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10654-016-0214-y
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016 Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Keywords: Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health, BRITISH BIRTH COHORT, EARLY OLD-AGE, MIDLIFE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE, CHILDHOOD COGNITIVE-ABILITY, BLOOD-PRESSURE, UK BIOBANK, ADULT LIFE, BODY-MASS, SOCIOECONOMIC CONDITIONS, CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASE
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1540731
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