Cohorts are long-term studies of health. They are critical to researchers' understanding of how and why disease develops, and how we treat it.
Farsighted scientists as far back as the 1920s established the first cohorts, and many more have been set up since then. The individual records which they took care to collect – measures which are repeated year-on-year to this day – are usually stored in the university which established the study all those years ago.
As a result, this global wealth of research data has been left split up and inaccessible to researchers in other institutions who may wish to work with it.
DPUK is working with over 50 different cohorts to bring all this valuable data together on the Data Portal, making it available to bona fide researchers worldwide. - John Gallacher, Director of DPUK