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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 2012-2013 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 2352  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment 18-79   
Gender Male and Female 

Disease follow-up for all the cohorts is conducted by active follow-up every 5 years and linkage to national disease and death registries.

The Singapore Health study is a nationally representative cross-sectional survey with the aim to estimate the prevalence of:

  1. Health conditions of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, diabetes, overweight and obesity, hearing loss and chronic kidney disease, mental wellbeing and to allow comparison of these data with the National Health Survey 2010;
  2. Specific health behaviours; and
  3. Participation in health screening for chronic diseases, cervical cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer

2,352 Singapore citizens and permanent residents of age 18 to 79 years old participated in the survey from August 2012 to March 2013. Overall response rate was 40%. 1956 of the participants also underwent physical examination, additional surveys and provided blood and urine samples for tests and storage.

Last update – 28/06/2017

Contact details
Institution name National University of Singapore 
Principal Investiator (PI) Associate Professor Rob Martinus van Dam 
Contact email [email protected] 
Contact phone number  
Address Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
National University of Singapore
Tahir Foundation Building
12 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117549 
Funders (Core support) Ministry of Health, Singapore
National University of Singapore
National University Health System, Singapore 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Urine
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Income and finances, Marital status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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