Webinar: Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET

The Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol (HCAP) is part of an international research collaboration funded by the National Institute on Aging to measure and understand dementia risk within ongoing longitudinal studies of aging around the world with the aim to harmonize methods and content to facilitate cross-national comparisons. The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) HCAP was designed to serve as a central hub for harmonization. The HRS HCAP sample includes 3,496 respondents who have completed a carefully selected set of established cognitive and neuropsychological assessments to better characterize cognitive function in older adults. This webinar will provide an overview of the design and content of the HCAP study followed by a question and answer portion.

Background reading:

Langa K, M, Ryan L, H, McCammon R, J, Jones R, N, Manly J, J, Levine D, A, Sonnega A, Farron M, Weir D, R: The Health and Retirement Study Harmonized Cognitive Assessment Protocol Project: Study Design and Methods. Neuroepidemiology 2020;54:64-74. doi: 10.1159/000503004

Presented by:

Amanda Sonnega, PhD, is Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center of the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan (UM), where she is responsible for integrating communication, outreach, and education efforts for the Health and Retirement Study. Her research focuses on life course trajectories of physical and mental health; institutional and personal factors associated with vulnerability and resilience in aging individuals; and work transitions and their broad effects on health and well-being.

Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD, is an Associate Director of the HRS as well as the Cyrus Sturgis Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, an Associate Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan Medical School and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. He is a general internist and health services researcher. His current research focuses on identifying the risk factors and outcomes for chronic disease among older adults, with an emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Lindsay Ryan, PhD, is Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2008 from the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Ryan is an investigator on several ongoing research projects, all of which involve an interest in better measuring and understanding the processes by which adults change over the life course. Her research interests include investigating individual and contextual influences on well-being, physical health, and cognition across adulthood, with a particular focus on the impact of social relations. She has worked on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) for 10 years, and is involved in the development and management of the cognition and psychosocial content within the HRS.

This webinar, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America, has been developed and is presented by the University of Michigan with funds from the National Institute on Aging.