Scientific Development Activities
Scientific development activities aim to promote the use of the NuAge Database and Biobank by Quebec, Canada and international researchers, as well as to enrich the Banks with new research data, from the completion of secondary research projects or as part of a partnership agreement.
Integration of genetics data into the NuAge Database and Biobank
Thanks to the partnership between the NuAge Database and Biobank, the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement [Quebec Network for Research on Aging] (RQRV) and Drs. Mark Lathrop and Jiannis Ragoussis of McGill University, the genotypes of 1,276 NuAge Database and Biobank participants were analyzed using Affymetrix’s UK Biobank Axiom Array.
As a result, nearly 700,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP), as well as DNA and RNA samples, may be stored in the NuAge Database and Biobank to be available to researchers around the beginning of 2023.
Launching of the partnership between the NuAge Database and Biobank and the GAAIN platform (2019-2021)
As part of the funding obtained by the Fonds de recherche du Québec ($1.5M, 2019-2024), steps are being taken to integrate the NuAge Database and Biobank with partners of the American platform Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN). This partnership with GAAIN will combine data from the 1,753 participants of the NuAge cohort with those of 51 other cohorts worldwide through their platform. The tools developed by GAAIN will make it possible to test the feasibility of conducting a research project with the NuAge cohort, combined or not, with other cohorts worldwide. http://gaain.org/.
Call for projects in the framework of an RQRV – NuAge partnership (2019-2021)
The Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement [Quebec Network for Research on Aging] (RQRV), in partnership with the NuAge Database and Biobank, is launching a call for projects open exclusively to researchers who are active members of the Network (see “News” tab). The primary objective of this call for projects is to use biologic samples from the NuAge Database and Biobank to carry out an original and innovative research project. In the context of the RQRV’s structuring grant program and funding obtained from the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ), the cost of biomarker analyses (max. $60,000) as well as the cost associated with data file and biologic sample preparation from the biobank will be covered by the NuAge Database and Biobank. The proposals must be submitted to the NuAge Database and Biobank by September 30, 2020 at the latest; results of the competition will be available by November 16, 2020.