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TILDA release new Cognitive Data Comparability Guide to Strengthen Brain Health Research

Researchers at TILDA, in collaboration with the Health and Reitrement Study (HRS) and the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) have published a key cognitive data comparability guide to strengthen access and usability of international datasets on brain health and cognition.

The new cognitive data comparability guide aims to improve access to, and usability of, a platform of cognitive datasets within the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) family of longitudinal aging studies.

The HRS-family studies contain rich data pertinent to cognitive aging and brain health, which can be leveraged to answer important research questions on dementia prevalence, risk factors and care worldwide, and to inform policy and prevention strategies. This guide includes detailed descriptions of the cognitive data publicly available across twelve HRS-family studies and provides comparability guidelines for best practice use of the cognitive data across studies and waves.

Accessing HRS cognitive data is facilitated by step-by-step instructions on how to access the studies’ cognitive datasets, relevant documentation and codebooks via the Gateway to Global Aging website and/or via the respective studies websites.

This comprehensive resource arose from the CANDID initiative (Leverage Cognitive Ageing Dementia Data from Around the World), a collaboration between TILDA (Trinity College Dublin) and HRS-USA (University of California San Francisco), which was funded by the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI).

The CANDID guide can be accessed here.