Epidemiology of Ageing
Large longitudinal epidemiological studies provide an ideal base for studying ageing and age-related disease. In 2004, CERA initiated the world’s largest ever longitudinal study of the health of ageing men: the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP). CERA staff also contribute to the Blue Mountains Eye Study, one of the world’s largest longitudinal epidemiological studies of eye disease.
Falls and fractures are a particular focus of researchers at CERA. The research is concerned with identifying risk factors for these problems and evaluation of interventions for their prevention. Poor vision is another health problem that becomes increasingly common with advancing age. CERA is conducting a randomized trial evaluating vision testing, and appropriate treatment, for prevention of falls and improved quality of life.