The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study of adult development and aging. Designed to examine health transitions and trajectories, the goal of the CLSA is to identify modifiable factors with the potential to develop interventions to improve the health of populations as they age. Through its large sample, multidisciplinary focus, and longitudinal design the CLSA will provide research opportunity unprecedented in Canada, and indeed, internationally. For the first time, there will be the opportunity to begin to understand the complex interplay between physical, social and psychological determinants of health, including gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. This initiative will enable research to move beyond a snapshot of the adult Canadian population to observe and understand the disease, disability and psychosocial processes that accompany aging.
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Dr. Parminder Raina is a Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evaluation, and Impact at McMaster University. He specializes in the epidemiology of aging with emphasis on developing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience to understand the processes of aging from cell to society. He has expertise in epidemiologic modeling, systematic review methodology, injury, and knowledge transfer. Dr. Raina holds a Canada Research Chair in Geroscience, and the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging. He is the inaugural Scientific Director of the McMaster Research Institute for Research on Aging, and The Labarge Centre for Mobility in Aging, and is the lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Dr. Raina is one of the founding members of the Ontario Research Coalition of Aging Institutes/Centers and has served on several national and international advisory committees, such as the National Panel for Transportation Needs of Aging Population, Big Data Initiative in Ontario, Ontario Minister's Advisory Group on Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementia Research. He is also a member of the External Scientific Advisory Board of European Union funded projects Consortium on Health and Ageing Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States (CHANCES) and the Social Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing (SIforAGE) consortium. Dr Raina has published over 200 peer reviewed articles and reports, and has supported the development of multiple practice guidelines for dementia, heart failure, and for primary care physicians.