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Cohort Acronym
Hunter CS

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Dementia (unclassified), Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Parkinson's disease, Subjective memory complaints (SMC) or subjective cognitive decline (SCD)

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 2004-07 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 3253  
Estimated Current Sample Size 0 to 4,999 
Age at Recruitment 55-85   
Gender Male and Female 

The HCS is a population-based cohort study established to assess factors important in the health, well-being, social functioning and economic consequences of ageing. The participants included community-dwelling men and women aged 55-85 years of age who reside in Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. They were randomly selected from the NSW State electoral roll and contacted between December 2004 and December 2007.

The participants’ study data was collected through self-report postal questionnaires which covered a wide range of variables but also linked with local and national health information databases and hospital records. These provided follow-up on use of prescription medication, health service utilization and hospitalizations, morbidity and mortality. There was also a baseline clinic visit which measured a wide variety of parameters including hearing, vision, smell, balance, cognition, and lung function. Medications and diagnoses have been collected not only at baseline but also at periodic intervals during follow-up.

Last update – 31/01/2017

Country Australia 
Contact details
Institution name University of Newcastle’s School of Medicine and Public Health and the Hunter New England Area Health Service 
Principal Investiator (PI) Dr John Attia, Dr Mark McEvoy, Dr Catherine D’Este, Dr Rodney Scott and Dr Peter Schofield 
Contact email PI Email: [email protected] 
Contact phone number +61 (0)2 4042 0500 
Address University of Newcastle,
School of Medicine and Public Health,
New South Wales,
Funders (Core support) University of Newcastle 

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, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood
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, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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