Birthday 2023

Happy birthday for April! We hope you like this year’s birthday card and 2023 update which will be on its way to you soon. Here you can find links to the full research papers covered in the update.

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Midlife health linked to childhood circumstances, study finds

A new study based on BCS70 has found that people of your generation who grew up in poorer families are at much greater risk of having multiple long-term health problems in their late 40s. The research also reveals an association between physical and mental health conditions in childhood, and chronic health problems in middle age.

50 stories in 50 weeks – the final word

We’ve now reached the end of our year-long celebration of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Over the past 50 weeks, we’ve traversed five decades of British social and political history, to tell the story of BCS70. Over to you, BCS70 heroes, for the final word in our 50 stories in 50 weeks journey…

Life in your early 50s

From this summer, we hope to start catching up with you all to find out how your generation is faring in your early 50s. The survey will take place over at least 12 months, and at first we’ll be asking study members to take part via a video call.

COVID-19 antibody testing

We are now inviting everyone who completed one or more of our three COVID-19 surveys to take part in a COVID-19 antibody test. This will help us build a clearer picture of who has had COVID-19 and learn more about why some people develop severe disease and others do not.

COVID-19 Survey – the bigger picture

The COVID-19 Survey was the first time that we asked you to complete the same survey at the same time as participants in four other studies (born in 1946, 1958, 1989-90 and 2000-02).