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Quebec Longitudinal Study on Nutrition and Aging (NuAge)

Initiative Joint Co-ordinators: Hélène Payette and Pierrette Gaudreau

In 2003, with the support of the Quebec Network for Research on Aging, members of its Nutrition and Successful Aging research section obtained a major grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to conduct a longitudinal study on nutrition as a determinant of successful aging. In this study, the only one of its kind to date in Canada, a cohort of 900 healthy men and 900 healthy women born between 1921 and 1935 are being monitored annually for a period of 5 years. Each year, a set of of biological, nutritional, functional, medical, and social traits is measured for each participant.

This study, known as the NuAge study for short, also includes seven sub-studies on some relevant, complex research problems. Examples include: 1) the effects of nutrition on memory, 2) the positive effects of consumption of functional foods on immune and endocrine function, and 3) the determinants of sarcopenia. These studies will require additional funding; to secure it, grant applications will be prepared and new funding partnerships will be developed.

The NuAge study will yield many benefits. It will produce large databases and large banks of biological samples of very high quality and will promote their optimal use in related secondary studies. It will help to attract new researchers from other fields to do research on aging . It will also help to develop scientific and financial partnerships and to enhance the dissemination of research results and the transfer of knowledge.

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