The NuAge Database and Biobank was awarded a $1.5M research grant under the 2019-2020 call for proposals of the Plateforme de financements de la recherche intersectorielle sur le vieillissement – volet cohort [Platform for Funding Intersectorial Research on Aging – Cohort Component] by the Fonds de recherche du Québec [Quebec Research Funds] (FRQ) and the Direction des défis de société et aux maillages intersectoriels [Directorate of Societal Challenges and Intersectorial Networks] (DSMI). http://com.frq.gouv.qc.ca/T/OFSYS/SM2/364/2/S/F/5719/1857129/Y6qHHftm/742676.html.
A team of 11 researchers co-directed by professors Nancy Presse (Université de Sherbrooke), Pierrette Gaudreau (Université de Montréal) and José A. Morais (McGill University) will continue the research on aging from the NuAge Study data. This funding will help achieve four objectives:
- Assess the health of the NuAge Study survivors during a home visit 16 years after their inclusion in the cohort;
- Combine the data of NuAge participants with data derived from the medico-administrative files of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) and the Ministère de la Santé et des Service Sociaux [Ministry of Health and Social Services] (MSSS);
- Create partnerships with key stakeholders in aging research;
- Ensure that the NuAge Database and Biobank infrastructure has the necessary qualified personnel and equipment to ensure the quality and integrity of the data and biologic samples that it hosts.
These new data will enrich the NuAge Database and Biobank and position the NuAge cohort as one of the principal cohorts of elderly subjects worldwide due to its follow-up duration and wealth of available information.