LHA Programme 2: Life course determinants of cognitive capability and cognitive ageing and their functional consequences

Lead Research Organisation: MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing

Abstract

Cognitive capability and emotional wellbeing are essential to quality of life in ageing. Cognitive capability is the foundation for skilled activities of daily living, including learning, remembering, multi-tasking, and forming plans and goals; and is linked to physical health. Emotional wellbeing depends on successful control of anxiety and depression, the most common mental disorders in the general population; it is also important for daily function and physical health, as implied by the UK Government declaration No health without mental health.
The key goals of this programme over the next five years are to identify how to optimise cognitive function and reduce risk of depression in later life through a life course approach, within three closely related themes:
Capturing mental ageing, including clinically significant cognitive decline and depression
Maintaining mental capability in early old age, emphasising education, work and retirement, and the development of self-organisation and its links to the self-management of health
Links between mental ageing and physical ageing and survival

Technical Summary

This programme brings a life course approach to bear on maintaining quality of later life through promoting cognitive capability and reducing risk of depression. The essence of this approach is to map life course determinants and consequences of cognition and affect; their associations with each other, and their associations with other aspects of health and function through common and sequential causes. Key recent accomplishments include:
Clarifying the pathways through which cognitive development influences adult health: directly for health outcomes closely related to neural systems governing cognition (e.g. affective state, balance and coordination, and reproductive function); through social pathways, primarily education, for preventable chronic physical diseases.
Conducting cross-cohort work demonstrating the impact of adolescent mental health, particularly conduct problems, on a wide range of life chances, from educational and socioeconomic attainment, to social roles such as family formation and citizenship, to health.
Building on our long-term work showing that cognition, as well as affective state, is modifiable in midlife. In the case of cognition modifying factors range from the societal (e.g. education, occupation, neighbourhood) to the behavioural (smoking, exercise, alcohol, diet).

In most parts of the world older people account for the fastest-growing proportion of the population, with huge corresponding increases in the absolute prevalence of dementia – a trend that is projected to continue well into the future. In addition the World Health Organization has identified depression as the leading cause of disease burden in middle and high income countries. The long-term priorities of this programme are therefore to reduce the risk of these outcomes using a life course approach across all levels of explanation: from societal opportunities and barriers, through behavioural choices, to underlying regulation from genes, endocrine systems, inflammatory mechanisms, and autonomic control.

In regard to the next five years, work within this programme consists of three broad themes:
Capturing mental ageing, involving defining lifetime cognitive trajectories; ascertaining cognitive impairment and dementia; conducting a neuroimaging sub-study; and ascertaining the lifetime prevalence trend of depression and its determinants
Maintaining mental capability in early old age, involving the role of self-organisation and its consequences for self-management of health; and a focus on education and occupational attainment, and retirement, in relation to cognitive skills
Integration of mental and physical ageing, including outcomes in relation to cognitive capability and mental health, cardio-respiratory function, metabolic disorders, musculoskeletal function, and mortality

Publications

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Brunet MD (2012) There is no evidence base for proposed dementia screening. in BMJ (Clinical research ed.)

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Byford M (2012) Parenting practices and intergenerational associations in cognitive ability. in International journal of epidemiology

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Cadar D (2012) The role of lifestyle behaviors on 20-year cognitive decline. in Journal of aging research

 
Description "British Academy report: "If you could do one thing..." Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
Impact "British Academy report: "If you could do one thing..." Nine local actions to reduce health inequalities. The report is a collection of opinion pieces on health inequalities from leading social scientists, each of whom has identified one policy intervention that they think local authorities could introduce to improve the health of the local population and reduce health inequalities. The project has been led by a steering group of academic and policy experts and the foreword of the report written by Sir Michael Marmot. The report seeks to help local policymakers improve the health of their communities by presenting evidence from a wide range of social sciences. NSHD paper included in chapter 'THE SCOPE OF ADULT AND FURTHER EDUCATION FOR REDUCING HEALTH INEQUALITIES"
 
Description Alzheimer's Public Health Steering Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description British Nutrition Taskforce
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact British Nutrition Task force report published in 2013
URL https://www.nutrition.org.uk/aboutbnf/whatwedo/thebnfnutritionscienceprogramme.html
 
Description Chinese Dementia Research Association
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description DSCF (Dept for Children, Schools and Families) / DIUS (Dept. for Innovation, Universities and Skills)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description James Lind Alliance Priority-Setting Partnership Steering Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description Nutrition and Development: long and short term consequences for health. A report of the British Nutrition Foundation Task Force
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
 
Description BHF Lifetime affective problems and risk of CVD
Amount £106,310 (GBP)
Funding ID PG 12/15/29442 
Organisation British Heart Foundation (BHF) 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2012 
End 12/2014
 
Description Cardiovascular risk and cognitive function in three ethnic groups - the SABRE-COG Study
Amount £304,571 (GBP)
Funding ID 089056 
Organisation University College London 
Department MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Description Charity funded - Child mental health and life chances
Amount £45,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Smith Institute 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2008 
End 01/2009
 
Description Fellowship from the European Human Genetics Conference
Amount £340 (GBP)
Organisation Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) 
Department European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG)
Sector Learned Society
Country Austria
Start 06/2010 
End 06/2010
 
Description Heinz Berendes International Travel Award
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United States
Start 06/2010 
End 06/2010
 
Description Leverhulme Trust funding (Human Flourishing)
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2006 
End 10/2007
 
Description Travel Award from the Schizophrenia International Research Society
Amount £300 (GBP)
Organisation Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) 
Sector Learned Society
Country Global
Start 04/2010 
End 04/2010
 
Description Wellcome Trust Project grant (Genetic investigation of life course phenotypes of mental health and illness in the 1946 British birth cohort)
Amount £79,356 (GBP)
Organisation Wellcome Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 09/2012
 
Title New cognitive database for NSHD 
Description new cognitive database for NSHD cleaned and ready for scientific use 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of Data/Biological Samples 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact forthcoming publications 
 
Description A life course approach to emerging health disparities in a US birth cohort 
Organisation Columbia University
Department Mailman School of Public Health
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution Collectors of the data in a US birth cohort
Impact Data Collected
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation Cardiff University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University College London
Department Institute of Education (IOE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Glasgow
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Portsmouth
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaborating with HALCyon cohorts 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Providing research expertise
Collaborator Contribution data sharing and research expertise
Impact Numerous research papers including 23818103
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaboration with Japanese University 
Organisation Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Science
Department Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
Country Japan 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution NSHD data sharing Housing two researchers at LHA for a period of 12 months. One in 2013-14 and one in 2014-15. Provide advice on the project to do with mental health and aspects of personality To build the collaborative relationship between MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Aging and the Tokyo Teen Cohort Project.
Collaborator Contribution 1. To seek the key factors which affecting the development of self-regulation in adolescence by using the data from the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study. 2. To investigate a range of health outcomes in relation to discrepancies between verbal and non-verbal cognitive function in NSHD specifically work on social outcomes in those with dyslexia in the NSHD. 3. To learn the management methodology of long-term birth cohort study by committing your current research (MRI study) of the 1946 British Birth Cohort Study. 3. To build the collaborative relationship between MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Aging and our Tokyo Teen Cohort Project.
Impact A research fellow will be visiting LHA for 12 months to work on NSHD data. Another researcher will be visiting the Unit for 12 months in March 2014. PMID 24714378 Nishida et al PMID 25315221 Nishida et al PMID 26752724 Nishida et al PMID 26449420 Koike et al Adolescent self control behavior predicts body weight through the life course: a prospective birth cohort study. PMID 27279898 Nishida Endo K 2017, Preference for Solitude, Social Isolation, Suicidal Ideation, and Self-Harm in Adolescents.PMID: 28457686 Koike S 2017, Cognitive profiles in childhood and adolescence differ between adult psychotic and affective symptoms: a prospective birth cohort study. Psychol Med. 2017 Oct 9:1-12. PMID:28988550 PMC5729848. Koike S 2018, Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT) functional haplotype is associated with recurrence of affective symptoms: a prospective birth cohort study. PMID: 29331705 Koike S, Richards M, Wong A, Hardy R. Fat Mass and Obesity Associated (FTO) rs9939609 Polymorphism Modifies the Relationship between body mass index and Affective Symptoms through the Life Course: a prospective birth cohort study. Translational Psychiatry 2018 Mar 13;8(1):62. doi: 10.1038/s41398-018-0110-1. Morimoto Y, Yamasaki S, Ando S, Koike S, Fujikawa S, Kanata S, Endo K, Nakanishi M, Hatch S, Richards M, Kasai K, Hiraiwa-Hasegawa M, Nishida A. Purpose in life and tobacco use among community-dwelling mothers of early adolescents. BMJ Open 2018 Apr 20;8(4):e020586. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020586.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Collaborations on cognitive ageing NES 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Ongoing collabroation on LHA/NSHD Cognitive ageing programme. Scientific leads on study design and drafting manuscripts vary, involves data sharing, analysis, interpretation and revision of manuscripts.
Collaborator Contribution Experitise in cognitive ageing
Impact Richards et al 2009 (with Batty) Richards et al Lifetime Antecedents of cognitive reserve. In Stern Y (ed). Cognitive Reserve. New York: Psychology Press Hatch et al 2007 17397976 18079429 18718979 Richards, M., Sacker, A., Deary, I.J. (2006) Lifetime antecedents of cognitive reserve. In Stern. Y. (ed.) Cognitive Reserve. Psychology Press, New York. Richards, M. (2006) Do heavier babies make brighter children? In Murray, R., McCabe, J., McGuffin, P., O'Daly, O. and Wright, P. (eds). Beyond nature and nurture: genes, environment and their interplay in psychiatry. Martin Dunitz. Denier N, Clouston SAP, Richards M, Hofer SM. Retirement and cognition: A life course view. Advances in Life Course Research 2017, 31, 11-21. Clouston S, Kotov R, Pietrzak R, Luft B. Gonzalez A, Richards M, Ruggero C, Spiro A, Bromet E. Cognitive impairment among World Trade Center responders: Long-term implications of re-experiencing the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment and Disease Monitoring, 2016, 4, 67-75. Kate Xu paper parental bonding instrument PMID 27485970 Received back data set from Kate Xu Secinti E, Thompson EJ, Richards M, Gaysina D. Childhood chronic physical illness and adult emotional health: a systematic review and meta-analysis. In press: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2017 Jul;58(7):753-769. PMID: 28449285. PMID 24598045 Horvat et al PMID 24357571Richards et al PMID 24482683 Silverwood et al PMID 25001968 Gaysina et al PMID 23178897 Gaysina et al Clouston PMID: 27940567 A life course approach to health literacy: The role of gender, educational attainment, and lifetime cognitive capability Denier o Denier N, Clouston SAP, Richards M, Hofer SM. Retirement and cognition: A life course view. Advances in Life Course Research 2017, 31, 11-21. Clouston PMID: 27626057 Cognitive impairment among World Trade Center responders: Long-term implications of re-experiencing the 9/11 terrorist attacks. .Xu MK, Gaysina D, Tsonaka R, Morin AJS, Croudace TJ, Barnett JH, Houwing-Duistermaat J, Richards M, Jones PB; LHA Genetics Group. Monoamine Oxidase A (MAOA) Gene and Personality Traits from Late Adolescence through Early Adulthood: A Latent Variable Investigation. Front Psychol. 2017 Oct 11;8:1736. PMID:29075213
Start Year 2006
 
Description HAPIEE 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Marcus Richards provided scientific input into the design analysis and publication of a study of congnitive ageing using HAPIEE study.
Collaborator Contribution Informed LHA cognitive programme; raised LHA profile
Impact Birth cohort differentials in congitive functions in Russia and the Czech Republic. Cross sectional results of the HAPIEE study. Horvat et al PMID 24598045 PMID:25503981 Kozela PMID 27154591
Start Year 2006
 
Description UCL Institute of Ophthalmology 
Organisation University College London
Department Institute of Ophthalmology UCL
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is an academic collaboration to assess visual function in NSHD, and produce scientific papers based on that data. Data analysis, mauscipt writing and editing
Collaborator Contribution Data analysis, mauscipt writing and editing
Impact UCL SLMS Capital Equipment Fund (£45,000 towards a digital scanning laser ophthalmoscope) A sub-study will be done for visual assessment in the NSHD neuroimaging substudy: PEEK assessment (acuity, colour and contrast sensitivity) and wide-angled retinal photography. An app has been developed for this assessment and will be launched at the start of December 2014.
Start Year 2012
 
Description U3A lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk about 'The ageing brain; a lifetime in the making' sparked questions and discussion afterwards

No notable impacts to note
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description A life course approach to cognitive ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Richards M. Royal College of Psychiatry liaison psychiatry faculty annual residential conference, Newcastle 14 March 2008

generation of interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description BBC Smart Thinking 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Member: Expert review panel, commissioned by the BBC Smart Thinking season of programming across all news output on the theme of modifiable risk factors for dementia. January-February, 2010.

Various live interviews given to BBC television news and Radio 4 on 3rd February 2010.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Big Bang Fair 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The MRC Public Engagement project "Use it, don't lose it!" has been present at Big Bang Fair 2013 as part of the Medical Research Council 100 years of life-changing discovery.

Promoted the importance of physical activity and its relationship with cognitive function
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Can we control Alzheimer's - public debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Programme leader was a panelist at a public debate organised by the Royal Institution of Great Britain under the auspices of the Alzheimer's Research Trust

Promoting debate about Alzheimer's disease
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Can we prevent Alzheimer's? - Royal Institution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Marcus Richards joined an expert panel for convener-led discussion on control of cognitive decline in ageing, followed by questions from the audience

Generate interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Childhood mental health and life chances in post war Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Marcus Richards presented and acted as disscusant for his report 'Childhood mental health and life chances in post war Britain: insights from three national birth cohort studies'

Generation of interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Children and cognitive capital (Longview) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richards M: 'Changes in cognitive capability' seminar series organised by Longview
jan 26, March 16, Jane 29 and July 13 2007

Inter-cohort research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2007
 
Description Club Vita AGM 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Marcus Richards gave an invited presentation to the Club Vita AGM, 12/11/2009 on public perceptions of longevity

generation of interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Commentary for ITV news on Northstone et al. research paper in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Feb 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Provided a comment for ITN news which was used in the news show.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Conference to present the findings of BNF Task Force report - Nutrition and development: short- and long-term consequences for health 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Invited presentation Early nutrition, mental development and mental ageing at launch of findings from a British Nutrition Foundation Task Force report

Promoting the research findings surround early life nutrition and mental development to health professionals and policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.nutrition.org.uk/bnfevents/pastevents/task-force-report-launch
 
Description Contemporary Attitudes to ageing and dying 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Marcus Richards joined the expert panel to take questions from a lay audience on the subject matter of the title

Generation of interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Dana Centre 'Keeping Your Marbles' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Marcus Richards joined an expert panel for a discussion on ways to protect cognitive function in ageing ('Keeping your marbles', 25/03/08); the panel was interviewed by a convener in front of an audience of approximately 100, then members of the audience had a chance to raise matters with ididivdual panel members.

Generation of interest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description E-seminar for British Nutrition Taskforce 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The British Nutrition Foundation runs a small education project called eSeminars where they broadcast, via the internet, presentations from experts to secondary school teachers, GCSE/Standard Grade Pupils and A-level/Advanced Higher Students. For this year's academic programme one of our programme leaders is presenting some key findings from the BNF Nutrition in Development Taskforce report:

Infant feeding, mental development, and mental ageing. In: L Wyness, S Stanner & J Buttriss (Eds.). Nutrition and development: long and short term consequences for health. A report of the British Nutrition Foundation Task Force. Wiley Blackwell (in press).



Disseminated findings about NSHD research to teachers and school pupils. Specifically early life nutrition influences on mental development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.nutrition.org.uk/bnfevents/pastevents/eseminarearlynutrition
 
Description HALCYon Project Summary Brochure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A plain english brochure was created which summarised the main findings from the HALCyon research programme. It has been disseminated to study members, on our website and the New Dynamics of Ageing website and at conferences.

Increased awareness of the findings from the HALCyon programme and the cohorts that were used within this research programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Institute of Ideas Battle of the Ideas festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited panellist: Institute of Ideas Battle of Ideas festival: 'Ageing and medicine: quality versus quantity?' Imperial College London, 30th October, 2010.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Invited panellist: Institute of Ideas Battle of Ideas festival: 'Ageing and medicine: quality versus quantity?' Oct 11 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in a panel discussion at Imperial College London, 30th October, 2010 which sparked questions and debate with members of the public.


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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Invited presentation at Primary Care and Public Health Conference 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Invited presentation at Public Health conference 'Early nutrition, mental development and mental ageing'

Promoting the life course approach and early life effects of nutrition on mental development to health professionals and policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited speaker: Can an active lifestyle prevent dementia? Food for the Brain conference. March 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited speaker: Can an active lifestyle prevent dementia? Food for the Brain conference, 19th March 2011. Organised by a non-profit educational charity the presentation sparked question and answers afterwards and is also available to download from the Food for Brain website.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description NDA findings brochure 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The New Dynamics of Ageing programme which funded the HALCyon programme created a findings document summerising the results of the HALCyon programme which was distributed to their local networks

Increased awareness of the HALCyon findings and a life course approach to healthy ageing. Increased awareness of longitudinal studies and the cohorts that were involved in HALCyon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description The Psychologist article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact It's a centrespread poster, using a striking visual image to tell a story about some recent psychological research or practice. Leading the positive life - with evidence from a longitudinal birth cohort study


Raising awareness of NSHD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Use it dont lose it 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Please use it; don't lost it! aims to engage residents from the Camden area into a project of raising public awareness of the risk factors associated with cognitive decline and dementia. A short film screening and a flyer are currently being organised/produced. These will be introduced on a number of general practice internal media systems, science and music festivals, Brain awareness week and interactive exhibits/various websites.

There are also two competitions running.
One is a photo competition running with 2 categories: first - favourite type of outdoor exercise; second -favourite outdoor location for exercise in London
The second competition is a story competition in which participants are asked to write a short story of how themselves or their family members are using physical activity to keep mentally fit.
The prizes are sponsored by a public engagement grant from the Wellcome Trust.




promoting physical activity to the general public
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Wellbeing seminar at Centre for Economic Performance 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Invited presentation on ' A life course approach to the eudaimonics of wellbeing'

Promoting of life course approach in research
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013