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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



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..

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