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Newcastle 85+ Study

About the cohort

Start date: 2006
Age at recruitment: 85
Sample size at recruitment: 1042
Estimated current sample size: 294

The Newcastle 85+ Study is the biggest and most comprehensive population-based longitudinal study of health and ageing in the over-85s anywhere in the world and is providing new insights into health factors as the population becomes older. It was a flagship programme for the University of Newcastle and the most developed study of its kind in the world. There have been four sweeps of data collection since 2006.

The 85+ Study aimed to:

  • assess the spectrum of health in the oldest old
  • examine the associations of health trajectories and outcomes with biological, clinical and social factors as the cohort ages
  • identify factors which contribute to the maintenance of health and independence
  • advance understanding of the biological nature of human ageing

Core funders

  • Medical Research Council
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Dunhill Medical Trust
  • Newcastle University



Principal Investigator: Professor Tom Kirkwood


Newcastle University Institute for Ageing
Biomedical Research Building
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne


Tel: +44 (0)191 208 1102

Page last updated: 13 Mar 2015


  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Sample size: 0-4,999
  • Age: 60 to 100
  • Anthropometric: Height, Weight, Waist circumference, Hip circumference, Blood pressure
  • Physical: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Hearing and vision
  • Psychological: Mental health, Cognitive function
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Finances, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Marital status, Social support
  • Biological samples: Blood