International Mind, Activities and Urban Places (iMAP) study: methods of a cohort study on environmental and lifestyle influences on brain and cognitive health
Ester Cerin, Anthony Barnett, Basile Chaix, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Karen Caeyenberghs, Bin Jalaludin, Takemi Sugiyama, James F Sallis, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Michael Y Ni, Govinda Poudel, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Rachel Tham, Amanda J Wheeler, Luke Knibbs, Linwei Tian, Yih-kai Chan, David W Dunstan, Alison Carver, Kaarin J Anstey
BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020
INTRODUCTION: Numerous studies have found associations between characteristics of urban environments and risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline, such as physical inactivity and obesity. However, the contribution of urban environments to brain and cognitive health has been seldom examined directly. This cohort study investigates the extent to which and how a wide range of characteristics of urban environments influence brain and cognitive health via lifestyle behaviours in mid-aged and older adults in three cities across three continents. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Participants aged 50-79 years and living in preselected areas stratified by walkability, air pollution and socioeconomic stat..View full abstract
The study is part of a programme grant primarily funded by an Australian Catholic University Research Fund (ACURF-2018). The establishment of the FAMILY cohort was funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust from 2007 to 2014.