HRS to collect new data on the aging immune system, dementia, and late boomers
Michigan’s 23-year Health and Retirement Study, which follows 35,000 Americans over the age of 50, will add several new areas of data collection with the help of about $40 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging. These include adding a cohort of late baby boomers to its ongoing research sample; collecting blood samples to glean information on the aging of the immune system; and conducting a new study of dementia in collaboration with HRS’s international sister studies. MiCDA affiliates involved in the new areas of study include Sharon Kardia, Kenneth Langa, and Bruno Giordani. “The new initiatives are innovative across a range of scientific areas and will further broaden our understanding of aging in America,” said David Weir, HRS director.