Partner Studies

Many of the UK’s established longitudinal population studies are partner studies in the UK LLC. Each study retains control of the data they have gathered from their study participants and continue to make the decisions around how their participants data is used and which research projects are given access.
The following longitudinal population studies, biobanks/bioresources are part of the UK Longitudinal Linkage Collaboration. Click on each study to open a new window taking you to their website and learn about their aims and purpose.
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Airwave Study Tissue Bank

Airwave Health Monitoring Study Tissue Bank

The Airwave Tissue Bank is an epidemiological study of police officers and staff in Britain. It was established in 2004 to investigate possible long-term health effects associated with use of TETRA, the personal radio system used by the police service. The cohort now supports broader research into common diseases affecting this well-defined occupational group.



Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children

Established in 1991, this study charts the lives of 14,500 people born in the former county of Avon between April 1991 and December 1992 as well as the lives of their parents and their children, where applicable.

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1970 British Cohort Study

Follows the lives of 17,198 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970

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Born in Bradford

Born in Bradford (BiB) started in 2007 as a response to the poor health outcomes for children in Bradford. Pregnant women were recruited when they attended the Bradford Royal Infirmary for their routine maternity care.

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English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Established in 2002 with a nationallyrepresentative sample of 12,099 individuals aged 50 and over.



The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer



Extended Cohort for E-health, Environment and DNA looks at the causes of long-term health conditions by collecting information about genes and lifestyle. More than 10,000 people have already taken part.



The Fenland Study commenced in 2005 and investigates the interaction between environmental and genetic factors in determining obesity, type 2 diabetes, and related metabolic disorders.

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Generation Scotland

Generation Scotland is a research study looking at the health and well-being of volunteers and their families, established in 2006. Over 24,000 people have already joined from around 7,000 families across Scotland.

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Genetic links to anxiety and depression

A project set up to support studies exploring risk factors for depression and/or anxiety.

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The Millennium Cohort Study

The Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) is following the lives of 19,517 children born across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2000-01.

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1958 National Child Development Study

The 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) follows the lives of 17,415 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958.

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Next Steps

Next Steps is a longitudinal cohort study, following a nationally representative group of nearly 16,000 people born in 1989-90 who attended secondary school in England.



Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing

NICOLA is the first large scale longitudinal study of ageing to be set up in Northern Ireland. Set up in 2013, and follows the lives of 8,500 people from across Northern Ireland. It aims to explore why and how certain social, economic and biological factors are changing the lives of older people.



National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) BioResource

COVID-19 Psychiatry and Neurological Genetics Study - a new study to assess impact of COVID-19 on mental, physical and neurological health.

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Medical Research Council national survey of health and development cohort/1946 birth cohort

The Medical Research Council (MRC) National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) is the oldest and longest running of the British birth cohort studies; it is a nationally representative sample (N=5,362) of men and women born in England, Scotland or Wales in March 1946.

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Southall and Brent Revisited

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To investigate why some people have symptoms of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) and others don't. It will help to determine the extent of infection in the general population as well as help to design new ways to prevent and treat such infections.



Twins research for a healthy future

The UK’s largest adult twin registry and the most clinically detailed in the world. They have over 15,000 identical and non-identical twins from across the UK, with ages between eighteen and one hundred investigating multiple diseases and conditions.

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Understanding Society

The UK Household Longitudinal Study

The UK Household Longitudinal Study commenced in 2009 and follows the lives of thousands of individuals within households over time.