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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Alzheimer's disease, Frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body disease, Mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Parkinson's disease, Subjective memory complaints (SMC) or subjective cognitive decline (SCD), Vascular dementia

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period Jan 2000 - April 2017 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 3897  
Estimated Current Sample Size 0 to 4,999 
Age at Recruitment 50-100   
Gender Male and Female 

In this epidemiological study we examined the prevalence of medical comorbidity in elderly subjects with cognitive deficits and dementia. The ReGAl Project (Rete Geriatrica Alzheimer- Geriatric Network on Alzheimer’s disease) collected data in 33 Italian Geriatric memory clinics from January 2001 to December 2005. A total of 4,075 patient were recruited.

Last Update 21/09/2017

Country Italy 
Contact details
Institution name  
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Patrizia Mecocci and Dr. Virginia Boccardi 
Contact email Email: [email protected]  
Contact phone number  
Address Prof. Patrizia Mecocci, Section of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of Perugia
Piazza Menghini, 1 IT-06100 Perugia 
Funders (Core support)  

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Behaviour, Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: Caregiver
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Respiratory
Biological samples: N/A
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), Positron emission tomography (PET) fluorine18 flurodeoxyglucose (FDG)
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Marital status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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