CLSA Data Analysis Research Projects

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CLSA Research Platform

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national research platform on health and aging that allows researchers and decision-makers to answer critical questions on the biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of aging, disability and disease.

The CLSA follows 51,000 men and women who were between the ages of 45 and 85 at recruitment, for 20 years. Through its large size, comprehensive data collection and long-term design, the CLSA will enable research on the factors supporting healthy aging.

The CLSA team includes more than 160 researchers from 26 Canadian universities, including experts in biology, genetics, clinical research, social sciences, economics, epidemiology and population health. The team manages eleven data collection sites, four computer-assisted telephone interview sites, and four scientific enabling units.

The CLSA is a major strategic initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR has invested a total of $65.1 million in the CLSA to date. An additional $26.5 million has been invested by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, provincial governments, universities and other partners.

CLSA Data Analysis Research Projects

In an effort to support researchers who want to use CLSA data to carry out research studies, CIHR launched a competitive funding opportunity in May 2016 to solicit project proposals from the research community. As a result of this funding opportunity, CIHR approved the funding of 25 projects for a total funding of $1.7 million.

Examples of these projects include:

  • Dr. Andrew Wister at Simon Fraser University will identify factors that promote resilience in older Canadians living with more than one chronic health condition.
  • Dr. Arne Stinchombe at the University of Ottawa will examine the role of support and care networks in moderating health inequalities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual older Canadians.
  • Dr. Brenda Vrkljan at McMaster University will study the relationship between personal and environmental factors influencing driving mobility and social participation among older Canadians.
  • Dr. Christina Wolfson at McGill University will produce a snapshot of the physical and mental health status of older Canadian veterans.

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