Generating large-scale longitudinal data resources for aging research.

John Gallacher, Scott M. Hofer

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Abstract

The need for large studies and the types of large-scale data resources (LSDRs) are discussed along with their general scientific utility, role in aging research, and affordability. The diversification of approaches to large-scale data resourcing is described in order to facilitate their use in aging research. The need for LSDRs is discussed in terms of (a) large sample size; (b) longitudinal design; (c) as platforms for additional investigator-initiated research projects; and (d) broad-based access to core genetic, biological, and phenotypic data. It is concluded that a "lite-touch, lo-tech, lo-cost" approach to LSDRs is a viable strategy for the development of LSDRs and would enhance the likelihood of LSDRs being established which are dedicated to the wide range of important aging-related issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)i172-179
JournalThe journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences
Volume66 Suppl 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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