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PrincipaI Investigator: Professor Lorraine Tyler

Start date: 2010

Age at recruitment: 18+

Sample size at recruitment: 2700

The aim of the Cam-CAN project is to identify the neural mechanisms underpinning successful cognitive ageing. The study uses epidemiological, behavioural, and neuroimaging data to understand how individuals can best retain cognitive abilities into old age. A major aim of the research programme is to understand the nature of brain-cognition relationships across the lifespan, and to highlight the importance of abilities that are maintained into old age.


Contact details:

Department of Psychology
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

01223 766453

Funders (core support): Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Gender: MF

Variables collected:

Anthropometric and physical: height; weight; blood pressure; cardiovascular; hearing; vision.

Psychological: cognitive function; mental health.

Lifestyle: smoking; alcohol; physical activity; dietary habits.

Socio-economic: education; occupation; employment.

Brain imaging: MRI; MEG.

Biological samples: saliva.