Emory University School of Medicine just launched The Emory Healthy Aging Study, the largest-ever clinical research study in Atlanta with a goal of enrolling 100,000 people over the next four years. Researchers are seeking to better understand aging and age-related diseases leading to more effective treatments and methods to prevent conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and more. James Lah, MD, PhD, is the study’s principal investigator and associate professor and vice-chair of the Department of Neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. He stated, “This is an ambitious effort that we hope will allow us to find ways to predict which people are destined to have certain diseases as they get older.” Anyone can join the study by signing up online at the study’s website; you must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S. and its territories. Participants will fill out a brief health history questionnaire and will periodically complete online memory tasks and will be asked to respond to surveys about their health habits. There will be a voluntary subset of participants who will be invited to take part in additional studies that include visits to Emory.
The Emory Healthy Aging Study is a collaboration by a multidisciplinary team from a variety of clinical and research specialties including neurology, cardiology, internal medicine, epidemiology, biochemistry, immunology, statistics, psychiatry, genetics and radiology. The researchers agree that this study has the potential to positively impact future generations. For more information about the Emory Healthy Aging Study and/or to sign up, please visit: www.healthyaging.emory.edu
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