COVID-19 Study

Throughout the pandemic, we have been collecting information from study members about how your lives have been affected.  We also asked participants in four other cohort studies (born in 1958, 1970, 1989-90 and 2000-02) to share their experiences. More than 29,000 people across the five studies, including SABRE, took part in one or both of our first two COVID-19 surveys. Thank you so much. Your answers have helped us understand the impact of the pandemic on different aspects of life, including mental health, employment and finances, and family responsibilities. Information from the surveys is being analysed by hundreds of researchers in the UK and around the world.

Wave 3 postal questionnaire

As a member of the SABRE, you will shortly have another opportunity to make a vital contribution to our national understanding of how the coronavirus outbreak is continuing to affect us all.  We would like you to complete another short questionnaire about what your life is like now – at the start of 2021. This latest questionnaire, like our previous ones, covers the impact of the pandemic on your work, your health, your family and your social life.

Antibody study

We would like to ask for your help again. We are inviting everyone who completed one of the COVID-19 surveys to take part in a COVID-19 antibody test. If you completed one of our COVID-19 surveys, you’ll receive a letter asking if you would like to be involved in this new piece of research. If you agree, we will send you a kit which you can use at home to collect a blood sample. You then post your blood sample to the laboratory we’re working with. They will carry out the test, and we will email you the results.

Antibodies are made by the immune system to fight infection. In this study, we will be using antibody tests to help us understand how many study members in the National Survey of Health and Development may have already been infected with the COVID-19 virus. We can also use the antibody tests to better understand the effects of the vaccine.

For more information see the Antibody study FAQ’s.

The COVID study is a collaboration between the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL (LHA), who houses the SABRE study, and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. More information on the research and it’s finding can be found on the LHA website:

Podcast on COVID-19

UCL Minds – Episode 9: How has the pandemic highlighted BAME inequalities?

Our director, Prof Nish Chatuverdi, joined Dr Rob Aldridge and Dr Delan Devakumar to dicuss the recent report on disparities in the risks and outcomes of Covid-19 and other issues of inequality during the pandemic.