Individual Study / ELSA Brasil

The Longitudinal Study of Adult Health

The Longitudinal Study of Adult Health

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Initiatives -
Impact of environmental influences on child development and health. To investigate the incidence and progression of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and their biologic , behavioral, environmental, occupational, psychological, and social factors. Both upstream(social patterns and structures that shape people’s chances to be healthy) and downstream (individual characteristics) risk factors will be assessed for their possible associations with subclinical and clinical outcomes.
Start Year
The ELSA-Brasil baseline study was supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Health (Science and Technology Department) and the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (Financiadora de Estudos e Projetos and CNPq National Research Council) (grants 01 06 0010.00 RS, 01 06 0212.00 BA, 01 06 0300.00 ES, 01 06 0278.00 MG, 01 06 0115.00 SP, 01 06 0071.00 RJ).
Supplementary Information
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Itamar de Souza Santos
    University of São Paulo
  • Dr. Estela Anquino
    Instituto de Saúde Coletiva, Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Dr. Prof. Paulo Andrade Lotufo
    Universidade de São Paulo


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Surveillance is being conducted through annual telephone interviews, return visits to ELSA-Brasil clinics, employer reports, and linkage to national databases, such as the National Mortality System. Cohort participants will be reinterviewed and reexamined at the ELSA-Brasil clinics every 3–4 years.
Supplementary Information

Marker Paper

Aquino EM, Barreto SM, Bensenor IM, et al. Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil): objectives and design. Am J Epidemiol. 2012;175(4):315-324. doi:10.1093/aje/kwr294

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Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Employees(aged between 35 and 74 years) from six public institutions of higher education and research in the Northeast, South and Southeast regions of Brazil.


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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By contacting the study representative