Data access and collaboration

Find out how to get access to our data and how to collaborate.

The team actively collaborates with research experts in Edinburgh and at other universities in the UK and internationally. We encourage collaboration and are particularly keen to collaborate with those who have interests in outcomes other than cognitive domains. Check our projects for our current collaborations and browse through our publications to explore the range of our research activities.

Steps to request data

If you are interested in working with the LBC data, follow these steps:

1. Identify variables of interest from the list of variables in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 Data Dictionary or the Lothian Birth Cohorts Imaging Dictionary:


To understand what data are available for each cohort and across data collection waves, please consult the spreadsheets with data summary tables for LBC1921 and LBC1936:

LBC1921 Data Summary Table (46.5 KB / XLS)


For further information about the Cohorts' history, data and findings, you may want to consult the following articles:

  • Deary, I.J. et al.(2007). The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936: a study to examine influences on cognitive ageing from age 11 to age 70 and beyond. BMC Geriatrics, 7, 28.
  • Deary, I.J. et al. (2012). Cohort Profile: The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936. International Journal of Epidemiology, 41(6), 1576–1584.
  • Taylor, A.M. et al. (2018). Cohort Profile Update: The Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936. International Journal of Epidemiology, 47(4), 1042–1042r.
  • Wardlaw, J. M. et al. (2011). Brain aging, cognition in youth and old age and vascular disease in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936: rationale, design and methodology of the imaging protocol. International Journal of Stroke, 6(6), 547–559.
  • Corley, J. et al. (2018). Healthy cognitive ageing in the Lothian Birth Cohort studies: marginal gains not magic bullet. Psychological medicine, 48(2), 187–207.

2. Prepare the LBC data request form, including

  • Provisional title of study
  • Principal researcher with institution and contact details
  • Brief rationale for the study, including proposed research method and main variables.


3. Email the completed LBC data request form to Dr Simon Cox, Director of Lothian Birth Cohorts.