Title of the cohort

Cohort – Understanding Society

Acronym for cohort
Name of Principal Investigator
First nameNick
Last nameBuck
Address of institution where award is held
InstitutionUniversity of Essex
Street AddressInstitute for Social & Economic Research
PostcodeCO4 3SQ
  • United Kingdom


Contact email
Funding source

Economic and Social Research Council, Goverment’s Large Facilities Capital Fund, Consortium of Government Departments

1. The cohort includes, or expects to include, incidence of the following conditions
  • Neurodegenerative disease in general
When studies on the above condition(s) are expected to become possible
  • Already possible
2a. Stated aim of the cohort

A major research study designed to provide valuable new evidence about the people of the UK, their lives, experiences, behaviours and beliefs.

2b. Features distinguishing this cohort from other population cohorts

Understanding Society will every year track the fortunes, attitudes and circumstances of 100,000 people living in Britain. The focus is on the household, looking at how different members of a family relate to each other.

3a. i) Number of publications that involve use of cohort to date
3a. ii) Up to three examples of studies to date (PI, Institution, Title of Study)
3b. Publication list/link to where data or publications are accessible (if available)


3c. Information (i.e. research findings) expected to be gained from the population cohort
4a. Study criteria: age range of participants at recruitment
Age in years from:10
To (‘until death’ if applicable):until death
4b. Study criteria: inclusion criteria

Randomly selected household

4c. Study criteria: exclusion criteria

Depending on weighting on household samples, new immigrants in the UK

5. Size of the cohort (i.e. number of participants enrolled)
  • More than 15,000
6a. Measures used to characterise participants
6b. Additional measures for participants with a clinical disorder
6c. Are there defined primary and secondary endpoints (e.g. defined health parameters)
  • No
7. Study design
  • Longitudinal
  • Longitudinal
  • Household panel survey
8. Cases matched by
  • Age
  • Sex
9a. Does the study include a specialised subset of control participants
  • No
9b. If yes, description of specialised subset of control participants
10a. i) Data collection start date


10a. ii) Data collection end date
10a iii) Data collection for this study is
  • Data collection ongoing
  • Data analysis ongoing
10b. Plans to continue the cohort study beyond the current projected end date
  • Yes – funding applied for
11. Data collected
12. System in place to enable re-contact with patients for future studies
13a. Format and availability of data stored in a database
Language used:
13b. Format and availability of data held as individual records
Language used:
14a. Are data available to other groups


14b. Access policy/mechanisms for access if data are available to other groups
15. Data sharing policy specified as a condition of use
  • Data to be made publicly available immediately
16a. Are tissues/samples/DNA available to other groups


16b. i) Description of available tissues/samples/DNA
16b. ii) Form available tissues/samples/DNA are supplied in
16b. iii) Is the access policy/mechanism for obtaining samples the same as that for obtaining data
17. Is information on biological characteristics available to other groups
  • No

    Types: Population Cohorts
    Member States: United Kingdom
    Diseases: Neurodegenerative disease in general
    Years: 2011
    Database Categories: N/A
    Database Tags: N/A

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