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Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Initiative Co-ordinator: Christina Wolfson


The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is part of a broad strategic initiative by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and more specifically their Institute of Aging (IA). This study is currently in the protocol-development phase. The participants include essentially all investigators in Canada who are doing any form of research on aging, from fundamental to social.

The goal of this study is to establish and follow a cohort of 50,000 Canadian men and women, aged 40 and older, for a period of 20 years and to gather information on how successfully they age. The experience with the Canadian Study on Health and Aging has shown that this kind of study provides a unique opportunity for Quebec researchers to enhance their research capacities, leadership, and influence. Members of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging are already playing leading roles in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, as principal co-investigators, research team co-ordinators, and co-investigators. This study will also enable the Network’s researchers to position themselves to propose complementary studies.

In partnership with the CIHR, the Quebec Network for Research on Aging plans to maintain its support for the development of the study protocol, as well as for Quebec researchers involved in this study, over the coming two to four years.