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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1985-6 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment 18-30   
Gender Male and Female 

The Coronary Artery Risk Development in (Young) Adults (CARDIA) Study was initiated in 1984 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to assist in providing a better understanding of the
trends and determinants of coronary heart disease (CHD) in the United States (US). The study began by focusing on young adults ? persons 18 to 30 years of age at the time of the Year 0 (Y0) baseline
screening, undertaken between March 1985 and June 1986. A random selection of 5,115 black and white men and women identified by each of the four CARDIA field centres constituted the cohort.

Follow?up examinations at Y2, Y5, Y7, Y10, Y15, Y20, and Y25 achieved high retention, collected a rich set of high quality data and stored specimens bearing on the risk factors and possible causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Last Update 21/09/2017

Country Norway 
Contact details
Institution name University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Principal Investiator (PI) Dr James M. Shikany 
Contact email  
Contact phone number 205-934-0786 
Address University of Alabama at Birmingham
School of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Preventive Medicine
1717 11th Avenue South, Suite 401
Birmingham, AL 35205 
Funders (Core support) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Behaviour, Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: Individual physiological, Individual psychological
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Microbiome, Urine
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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