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Aims of the Network

The overarching goal of the network is to promote interdisciplinary research that clarifies the biological paths to health outcomes that can be measured or monitored in population surveys. The network will address the following questions:

  • What array of biological markers can be included reliably and validly in population studies in order to better monitor health and predict health outcomes at the older ages?
  • What are the best methods of collecting biological risk information under a variety of circumstances?
  • What are the best methods for processing the biological risk information collected?
  • What methods of harmonization will allow us to compare biological risk across studies?
  • What are the best approaches to measurement of cumulative biological risk or dimensions of biological risk for a variety of health outcomes in a variety of settings?
  • What are the best approaches in including indicators of genetic risk for complex diseases and conditions into data from population-based surveys?
  • How do we best capture indicators of life-long social, psychological and economic conditions along with lifelong biological risk to explain later life health outcomes?
  • What particular ethical issues are posed by our linking of biological data to extensive social, psychological, and economic information?