D2K, PEALS, Newcastle University


Access governance for genetic and biomedical resources of Understanding Society, ELSA, 1958 birth cohort and other CLS longitudinal studies.

Understanding Society

Access to genetic data from the Understanding Society household study, linked with other data such as social and economic circumstances, attitudes, behaviours and health

1958 birth cohort

Genetic data linkable with many other biomedical and health or social variables.

DNA and biospecimens

Samples of blood, urine and saliva from the 1958 birth cohort biomedical survey are still available for analysis, as well as blood and cell-line DNA.

Expertise in biobanks governance

METADAC committee includes academics from many disciplines, and participants from major UK longitudinal studies, and reviews policy issues on an ongoing basis


The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is a longitudinal study of men and women aged 50 or over living in England. METADAC oversees data access for ELSA’s genetic data when used in combination with its economic, social, psychological, cognitive, health and biological data.

Coming soon…

Metrics showing the response times of the METADAC committee will be published soon.