Individual Study / SCS

Sydney Centenarian Study

Sydney Centenarian Study

Initiatives -
To determine the “cognitive profile” of exceptionally old individuals (95+ years, hereafter “centenarians”); To relate cognition in this age group to brain imaging parameters on MRI and to neuropathology in brain donors within the group; * To examine centenarians from neuropsychiatric, medical, nutritional, and lifestyle perspectives to establish a “centenarian phenotype”; * To examine the determinants of “autonomy” in centenarians.
Start Year
National Health & Medical Research Council of Australia and the University of New South Wales Gold Star Award to Melissa Slavin.
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Kristan Kang
    University of New South Wales


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Participants are interviewed at baseline, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and at every subsequent 12 month interval

Marker Paper

Sachdev P., Levitan C., Crawford J., Sidhu M., Slavin M., Richmond R., Kochan N., Brodaty H., Wen W., Kang K., Mather K.A., Sydney Centenarian Study team. The Sydney Centenarian Study: Methodology And Profile Of Centenarians And Near-Centenarians. International Psychogeriatrics. 2013; 25(6): 993-1005.

PUBMED 23510643


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Sydney residents aged 95 and above are invited to participate in the study. n =250 in the 95-99 age group and 50 in the 100+ age group.


Availability of data and biosamples