Individual Study / Cam-CAN

Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience

Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience

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Initiatives -
Start Year
Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) and the European Union Horizon 2020 LifeBrain project.
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Meredith A Shafto
    University of Cambridge


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Three time points.
Supplementary Information
Stage 1: an interview including health and lifestyle questions, a core cognitive assessment, and a self-completed questionnaire of lifetime experiences and physical activity. Stage 2: Of those interviewed, 700 participants aged 18-87 (100 per age decile) continue to Stage 2 where they undergo cognitive testing and provide measures of brain structure and function (attention and executive control, language, memory, emotion, action control and learning.) Stage 3: A subset of 280 adults return for in-depth neurocognitive assessment using functional neuroimaging experiments across our key cognitive domains.

Marker Paper

Shafto, M.A., Tyler, L.K., Dixon, M. et al. The Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) study protocol: a cross-sectional, lifespan, multidisciplinary examination of healthy cognitive ageing. BMC Neurol 14, 204 (2014).


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Adults aged 18-90 completed a home interview, and a subset of nearly 700 were scanned using structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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