The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, or BLSA, is one of the world’s longest running studies of aging. Started in 1958, the BLSA enrolls healthy volunteers ages 20 years and older and follows them longitudinally—for life. The BLSA has accumulated a great deal of valuable data, and researchers can request access to this data for their own investigations of important scientific questions.
In a new blog post, Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, director of the NIA Intramural Research Program, explains what makes the BLSA so unique and how scientists can get access to the data. He also introduces the new director of the BLSA, Dr. Stephanie Studenski. "I want to encourage researchers who study issues related to aging and have questions that require the unique design and depth of information available in the BLSA to submit an analysis proposal to use the data," Dr. Ferrucci writes.
Read the full blog post: A valuable data resource: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging 
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