Life course determinants of physical capability and musculoskeletal ageing

Lead Research Organisation: MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing

Abstract

Physical capability refers to an individual’s capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living. Maintaining physical capability and musculoskeletal function as we grow older are important aspects of healthy ageing, enabling people to live independently for longer and with a higher quality of life. Simple tests of physical capability, such as hand grip strength, balancing on one leg, and time taken to rise from a chair several times or to walk a specified distance are summary measures of individual biological ageing. We have shown that better performance scores are related not only to factors in adult life such as physical activity, health status and social and economic circumstances but also to early life experiences such as early growth patterns and developmental milestones. Within a research programme called ‘HALCyon’ (Healthy Ageing Across the Life Course), we are investigating whether we find similar patterns of association across other UK cohort studies.
In the next five years, we shall examine the change in physical capability and progression to disability and frailty between midlife and old age, how these changes are related to the health of bones, muscles and joints, and how all these aspects of musculoskeletal ageing are linked to experiences and exposures from across the whole of life.

Technical Summary

Maintaining physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical activities of daily living) and musculoskeletal function for the maximal period of time as we grow older are important aspects of healthy ageing, enabling people to be active and independent for longer. Low levels or accelerated loss of capability or musculoskeletal function pose threats to independence and quality of life, are major causes of frailty, disability and death, and impact greatly on health care spending. The ultimate purpose of this programme is to provide evidence to inform the likely timing, intensity and type of future interventions to promote healthy ageing or delay functional decline.
This programme takes a life course approach, investigating biological and social factors from early life that influence later life physical capability and musculoskeletal ageing in population cohorts, in particular in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD), a birth cohort study with information on health and life circumstances from 0-65 years. Studies in NSHD and other cohorts have provided evidence that childhood socioeconomic conditions, physical growth and maturation, and motor and cognitive development affect objective measures of midlife capability, such as grip strength, standing balance and chair rise performance, in addition to the cumulative effects of adult health behaviours and socioeconomic conditions.
In the next five years, this programme will capture the change in physical capability and progression to disability and frailty during the transition from midlife to old age in NSHD; and will investigate the lifetime factors (from societal to underlying biology) that drive these changes, and their consequences, for everyday life. Of particular interest for improving human health are the factors that promote the maintenance of maximal functioning, or modify the consequences of functional decline for everyday activities and social integration.
Using new data recently collected or planned, this programme also aims to understand better how factors across life affect bone, muscle and joints in later life and their clinical correlates, osteoporosis and fracture risk, sarcopenia and osteoarthritis. With specialist collaborators we also aim to elucidate underlying biological mechanisms, capitalising on new genomic, epigenomic and metabolomic data in NSHD.
This programme addresses the MRC strategic research priority for 2009-14 to improve the chances of living a long and healthy life by driving forward interdisciplinary research addressing health and wellbeing from childhood to older age.

Publications

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Description MRC Foundation Equipment Grant
Amount £14,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CO456 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Department Medical Research Foundation
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2013 
End 07/2013
 
Description MRC Studentship with Newcastle University - Patternand type of protein consumption on physical capability in the elderly
Amount £53,160 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2009 
End 09/2013
 
Description MRCF Equipment Grant
Amount £18,000 (GBP)
Funding ID CO456 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Department Medical Research Foundation
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2013 
End 05/2013
 
Description NIA Intramural programme - 'midlife functioning'
Amount £227,900 (GBP)
Organisation National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 01/2005 
End 01/2008
 
Description National Osteoporosis Society Research Grant - Nutriton through the lifecourse and skeletal health at age 60 to 64 years
Amount £49,779 (GBP)
Organisation National Osteoporosis Society 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2011 
End 03/2013
 
Description Royal Society International Travel Grant - Establishing links with the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam
Amount £3,800 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2010 
End 03/2010
 
Description Royal Society International Travel Grant for GSA
Amount £1,435 (GBP)
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2010 
End 11/2010
 
Title 60-64 physical performance data collected and cleaned 
Description New NSHD physical performance data collected includes chair rise, grip strength 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2011 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact A number of publications in press and forthcoming 
 
Title Data harmonisation tool 
Description Development of a data harmonisation tool for the study of physical function in population based cohorts of ageing 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact too soon to tell 
 
Description Bone and Muscle Ageing Project Management Group 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data provision, data analysis, wirting up of scientific results
Collaborator Contribution Established for the purpose of maximising the scientific potential of the new NSHD data on bone and muscle structure and function
Impact Numerous research publications
Start Year 2008
 
Description Bone and Muscle Ageing Project Management Group 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Data provision, data analysis, wirting up of scientific results
Collaborator Contribution Established for the purpose of maximising the scientific potential of the new NSHD data on bone and muscle structure and function
Impact Numerous research publications
Start Year 2008
 
Description Bone and Muscle Ageing Project Management Group 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Data provision, data analysis, wirting up of scientific results
Collaborator Contribution Established for the purpose of maximising the scientific potential of the new NSHD data on bone and muscle structure and function
Impact Numerous research publications
Start Year 2008
 
Description Collaboration with the University of Copenhagen 
Organisation University of Copenhagen
Country Denmark 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Unit shared NSHD data with a visiting worker from University of Copenhagen. Contributions include data analysis, publication writing and editing manuscripts.
Collaborator Contribution Contributions include data analysis, publication writing and editing manuscripts.
Impact PMID 26176776
Start Year 2013
 
Description Collaborations on bone and muscle ageing 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department MRC Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Ongoing collaboration on LHA/NSHD physical capability programme, scientific lead on study design and drafting manuscripts vary, involves data sharing, analysis, interpretation and revision of manuscripts
Collaborator Contribution Clinical and biological expertise in muscle and bone ageing
Impact 16870632 Kuh et al 2006 23761289 Kuh et al 2013 Cole 27466311 SITAR and bone health Kuh 27472291 menopause Kuh 27401728 Pubertal timing Ward 26817442 Dietary patterns and bone health Bendayan R. Associations of Childhood and Adulthood Cognition with Bone Mineral Density in Later Adulthood: A Population-Based PMID: 28790912 PMCID: PMC5525002
Start Year 2006
 
Description Ethnicity and disability Collaboration UCL 
Organisation Imperial College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration working on ethnicity and disability
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration working on ethnicity and disability
Impact Research grant applications submitted The Imperial part of this group has relocated to UCL and our researchers are still exploring possible opportunities for collaboration
Start Year 2013
 
Description Ethnicity and disability Collaboration UCL 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collaboration working on ethnicity and disability
Collaborator Contribution Collaboration working on ethnicity and disability
Impact Research grant applications submitted The Imperial part of this group has relocated to UCL and our researchers are still exploring possible opportunities for collaboration
Start Year 2013
 
Description Hip and spine morphologies - Aberdeen Collaboration 
Organisation Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Collboration to look at hip and spine morphologies in the NSHD. The unit will provide the study members for the project, help with coordination of the project, data analysis, creation and editing of manuscripts and writing grant applications.
Collaborator Contribution Coordination of the project, data analysis, creation and editing of manuscripts and writing grant applications.
Impact A grant application has been awarded by the MRC - November 2013 Aberdeen have finished deriving a complete dataset of hip shape mode scores and one on spine shape is due to be delivered soon. Conference abstracts have been submitted by the Aberdeen group LHA is now planning analyses that will be led by them Muthuri and Pavlova submitted papers abstracts submitted Muthuri SG.Associations between body mass index across adult life and hip shapes at age 60 to 64: Evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort.PMID:28842363 PMC5658512 Pavlova AV. Statistical shape modelling of hip and lumbar spine morphology and their relationship in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development.PMID:28561274 PMC5522893 Ireland A, Saunders FR, Muthuri SG, Pavlova AV, Hardy RJ, Martin KR, Barr RJ, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Gregory JS, Cooper R. Age at Onset of Walking in Infancy Is Associated With Hip Shape in Early Old Age. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Nov 29. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.3627. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30496618. Muthuri SG, Pavlova AV, Saunders FR, Hardy RJ, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Martin KR, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Cooper R. Associations between back pain across adulthood and spine shape in early old age in a British birth cohort. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 5;8(1):16309. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34628-9. PMID: 30397263. Muthuri SG, Saunders FR, Hardy RJ, Pavlova AV, Martin KR, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Cooper R. Associations between body mass index across adult life and hip shapes at age 60 to 64: Evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort Bone. 2017 Aug 22. pii: S8756-3282(17)30312-5. PMID:28842363 PMC5658512 Pavlova AV, Saunders FR, Muthuri SG, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Martin KR, Hardy RJ, Cooper R, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM. Statistical shape modelling of hip and lumbar spine morphology and their relationship in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development. J Anat. 2017 Aug;231(2):248-259. PMID: 28561274 PMC5522893
Start Year 2013
 
Description Hip and spine morphologies - Aberdeen Collaboration 
Organisation University of Aberdeen
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Collboration to look at hip and spine morphologies in the NSHD. The unit will provide the study members for the project, help with coordination of the project, data analysis, creation and editing of manuscripts and writing grant applications.
Collaborator Contribution Coordination of the project, data analysis, creation and editing of manuscripts and writing grant applications.
Impact A grant application has been awarded by the MRC - November 2013 Aberdeen have finished deriving a complete dataset of hip shape mode scores and one on spine shape is due to be delivered soon. Conference abstracts have been submitted by the Aberdeen group LHA is now planning analyses that will be led by them Muthuri and Pavlova submitted papers abstracts submitted Muthuri SG.Associations between body mass index across adult life and hip shapes at age 60 to 64: Evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort.PMID:28842363 PMC5658512 Pavlova AV. Statistical shape modelling of hip and lumbar spine morphology and their relationship in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development.PMID:28561274 PMC5522893 Ireland A, Saunders FR, Muthuri SG, Pavlova AV, Hardy RJ, Martin KR, Barr RJ, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Gregory JS, Cooper R. Age at Onset of Walking in Infancy Is Associated With Hip Shape in Early Old Age. J Bone Miner Res. 2018 Nov 29. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.3627. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30496618. Muthuri SG, Pavlova AV, Saunders FR, Hardy RJ, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Martin KR, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Cooper R. Associations between back pain across adulthood and spine shape in early old age in a British birth cohort. Sci Rep. 2018 Nov 5;8(1):16309. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-34628-9. PMID: 30397263. Muthuri SG, Saunders FR, Hardy RJ, Pavlova AV, Martin KR, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM, Cooper R. Associations between body mass index across adult life and hip shapes at age 60 to 64: Evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort Bone. 2017 Aug 22. pii: S8756-3282(17)30312-5. PMID:28842363 PMC5658512 Pavlova AV, Saunders FR, Muthuri SG, Gregory JS, Barr RJ, Martin KR, Hardy RJ, Cooper R, Adams JE, Kuh D, Aspden RM. Statistical shape modelling of hip and lumbar spine morphology and their relationship in the MRC National Survey of Health and Development. J Anat. 2017 Aug;231(2):248-259. PMID: 28561274 PMC5522893
Start Year 2013
 
Description MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Three LHA scientists contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and also helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Collaborator Contribution The external collaborators also contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Impact Creation of the new MRC guidelines is still in progress - drafts are being circulated Kuh et al PMID: 24456831 PMID: 26373927
Start Year 2011
 
Description MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing 
Organisation University of Birmingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Three LHA scientists contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and also helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Collaborator Contribution The external collaborators also contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Impact Creation of the new MRC guidelines is still in progress - drafts are being circulated Kuh et al PMID: 24456831 PMID: 26373927
Start Year 2011
 
Description MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Three LHA scientists contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and also helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Collaborator Contribution The external collaborators also contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Impact Creation of the new MRC guidelines is still in progress - drafts are being circulated Kuh et al PMID: 24456831 PMID: 26373927
Start Year 2011
 
Description MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Three LHA scientists contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and also helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Collaborator Contribution The external collaborators also contributed to the creation of the new MRC guidelines on biomarkers of healthy ageing and helped to organise a workshop on the subject.
Impact Creation of the new MRC guidelines is still in progress - drafts are being circulated Kuh et al PMID: 24456831 PMID: 26373927
Start Year 2011
 
Description NIA Life course collaboration 
Organisation National Institute on Aging
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have supervised NIA lifecourse fellows working on physical functioning and life course epidemiology in NSHD in collaboration with Prof Guralnik, Chief of NIA Dept. of Epidemiology and Demography Collaboration with Luigi Ferrucci on Ageing research
Collaborator Contribution NIA funded a 3 year post (2005 -8) in the MRC team worth £227890. since 2007 have funded 3 fellowships and contribute £32695 for supervision costs. Maximising the research potential of NSHD. Scientific input to numerous papers. Capacity building Collaboration with Luigi Ferrucci on Ageing research
Impact Numerous publications, capacity building through NIA lifecourse fellowships. 19124616 18450766 19608560 16870631 PLT participated in a Gerontology Society of America pre-conference workshop PMID: 26975983 Age-related change in mobility: perspectives from life course epidemiology and geroscience' J Gerontology: Medical Sciences 22858531 22209408 21860018 21737047
Start Year 2006
 
Description Nutrition through the life course Kate Ward 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution NSHD data sharing, epidemiological expertise input, revision of papers
Collaborator Contribution NSHD data analysis and interpretation to identify empirical dietary patterns that are characterised by specific dietary nutrients of interest. We will use these dietary patterns to examine the influence of life course dietary intake on musculoskeletal phenotype in males and females separately, at age 60-64 years.
Impact Funding from National Osteoporosis Society PMID 22190135 PMID 22777542 PMID 26817442
Start Year 2011
 
Description Population health sciences measurements toolkit 
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC)
Department MRC Human Nutrition Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provide expert advice on life course epidemiology, particularly in relation to lifetime influences on physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal ageing.
Collaborator Contribution Administration of the grant and development of the toolkit
Impact Grant awarded to develop the toolkit
Start Year 2013
 
Description Population health sciences measurements toolkit 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department MRC Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Multiple 
PI Contribution Provide expert advice on life course epidemiology, particularly in relation to lifetime influences on physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal ageing.
Collaborator Contribution Administration of the grant and development of the toolkit
Impact Grant awarded to develop the toolkit
Start Year 2013
 
Description Population health sciences measurements toolkit 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide expert advice on life course epidemiology, particularly in relation to lifetime influences on physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal ageing.
Collaborator Contribution Administration of the grant and development of the toolkit
Impact Grant awarded to develop the toolkit
Start Year 2013
 
Description Population health sciences measurements toolkit 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provide expert advice on life course epidemiology, particularly in relation to lifetime influences on physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal ageing.
Collaborator Contribution Administration of the grant and development of the toolkit
Impact Grant awarded to develop the toolkit
Start Year 2013
 
Description Population health sciences measurements toolkit 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provide expert advice on life course epidemiology, particularly in relation to lifetime influences on physical capability (the capacity to undertake the physical tasks of daily living) and musculoskeletal ageing.
Collaborator Contribution Administration of the grant and development of the toolkit
Impact Grant awarded to develop the toolkit
Start Year 2013
 
Description The menopausal transition 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution One of our programme leaders is providing epidemiological expertise. Revision of papers
Collaborator Contribution Intepretation and analysis of data. Drafting and revision of papers
Impact Funding for a research grant from LLHW
Start Year 2010
 
Description University of Jyväskylä Collaboration 
Organisation University of Jyvaskyla
Department Department of Health Sciences
Country Finland 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution LHA shared NSHD data with a visting working from Finland. Contributions include data analysis, publication writing and editing manuscripts.
Collaborator Contribution Contributions include data analysis, publication writing and editing manuscripts
Impact PMID 25319998 Von Bonsdorff et al paper revised and resubmitted 'Mid-career work patterns and physical and mental functioning at age 60-64 years: Evidence from the 1946 British birth cohort'
Start Year 2013
 
Description Article written for Evidence Based Nursing 
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 Researcher contributed to Evidence Based Nursing commentary. The clinical relevance and rigour of the studies is assessed to identify research that is relevant to nursing. A commentary on chosen articles identifies the key findings and implications for clinical practice.

None to report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Canadian Lifestyle and Fitness Institute article on HALCyon paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A lay summary was written by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute about a HALCyon paper on childhood socioeconomic circumstances and physical capability.

Increase the awareness (in Canada) of the HALCyon research programme and the importance of cross cohort work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Columbia talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presentation at Columbia University
Life course framing of chronic disease opportunities: translating the life course perspective into reduced prevalence
Professor Diana Kuh
MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
Dean's Seminar, Columbia New York, April 30th 2013


Promotion of a life course approach
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
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 HALCYon book launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A book launch was arranged to promote the findings from the HALCyon research programme

Shared knowledge of the HALCyon findings which were published in a book 'A life course approach to healthy ageing'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Media coverage of BMJ physical capability and mortality review 
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 Press releases were prepared for the publication of the physical capability and mortality review published in the British Medical Journal and time was spent communicating the findings to a number of journalists. The paper received wide news coverage and was reported in national newspapers, including the Independent, Guardian and Daily Mail, radio news reports and internationally on internet news sites. Asked to create teaching module for CME. Also featured in the MRC Annual Review 2010/11

Enhanced profile of Unit and NSHD
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Media coverage of physical activity and physical performance article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Findings of the paper on physical activity across the life course and physical performance were reported in Time and other media. Asked to create CME teaching module

Enhanced profile of NSHD and LHA
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 Open City Docs Fest Cradle to Crave 
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 DIrector took part in a UCL film festival panel discussion about the NSHD, 7 up tv series and ALSPAC cohort study.

Raised awareness of the NSHD and cohort studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.opencitydocsfest.com/index.php?id=362
 
Description Presentation at Economic and Social Research Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Childhood influences on lifelong health and ageing: evidence from the British 1946 birth cohort study
Professor Diana Kuh
MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing
The Long Shadow of Childhood Adversity: Evidence from Ireland and Policy Implications conference. Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland. 27th June.

Promoting the NSHD and life course approach to new audiences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at European Consensus Workshop on Robert Koch Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Director presented 'The HALCyon programme. A life course approach to healthy ageing' at European Consensus Workshop on Robert Koch Institute, Berlin 22 November.

Promotion of life course approach to healthy ageing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation at the Nutrition Society meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A life course approach to healthy ageing:
maintaining physical capability
Professor Diana Kuh and Dr Rachel Cooper
NUTRITION SOCIETY , NEWCASTLE, July 16th 2013


Promotion of life course approach and use of cohorts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Various presentations to policy makers and general audiences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact please see details in 'Enhancing NSHD' programme about presentations at Ministerial and Whitehall seminars and at the British Library

Enhanced the research findings from this programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011