About Us

About the CLSA Research Platform

The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is a large, national, long-term study of more than 50,000 men and women who were between the ages of 45 and 85 when recruited. These participants will be followed until 2033 or death. The aim of the CLSA is to find ways to help us live long and live well, and understand why some people age in healthy fashion while others do not.

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Our Sites

Data collection for the study is conducted through telephone and in-home interviews, as well as during visits to Data Collection Sites (DCS). Nationally, there are 11 Data Collection Sites and four Computer-Assisted Telephone Interview (CATI) sites. Data collected are managed and stored centrally in a secure and protected environment.

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History

The seed of the CLSA germinated in 2001, when the Institute of Aging of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research first issued a request for development of a protocol for this new initiative. The groundwork continued through to 2009, when the first funding was provided by governments and institutions to establish infrastructure and begin recruitment.

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CLSA Team

The CLSA is a national research collaboration involving a multidisciplinary team of more than 160 researchers from 26 universities across Canada. There are also more than 250 employees spread across the country.

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Governance

The CLSA governance structure is designed to provide robust management flexible enough for modification and growth over time, and to oversee management of scientific and succession strategies. External oversight for the CLSA is provided by the CIHR Oversight Committee.

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