The Weston Family Foundation is awarding a $12 million research grant to the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), hosted at McMaster University.
The grant will fund a new initiative that will shed light on the many factors that influence brain health as we age, including lifestyle and the human microbiome.
The six-year-long Healthy Brains, Healthy Aging Initiative will feature a cohort of 6,000 research participants who are currently enrolled in the CLSA.
It’s the first time a national study of aging in Canada will use both brain imaging and microbiome analyses to look into cognitive aging over time.
The data will assist in the future development of screening and prevention strategies that promote brain health for aging Canadians.