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George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention


Comstock center staff celebrate the holidays in preparation for the 2018 studies – including ARIC Visit 7, ACHIEVE, and STURDY.

Community members, faculty, and staff of the Johns Hopkins Comstock Center continue to advance knowledge about health and prevention. The current studies build on nearly a century of community-based research collaborations between Johns Hopkins University and Washington County. Currently, our largest studies focus on heart disease and aging (ARIC), cancer (CLUE), strategies to reduce falls (STURDY), and promote cognitive health among elders (ACHIEVE). We will complete ARIC visit 7 by November 15, 2019 as well as randomization to the ACHIEVE study by October 11,2019. The NIH has recognized the outstanding achievements of the ARIC study and incredible contributions of the participants by funding annual visits for ARIC and its neurocognitive study starting in 2020. Each visit will feature new important research components. For example, visit 8 will include brain MRI and PET studies as well as accelerometry and Gait Mat (15,000 sensors detecting balance and speed) assessment of gait and falls risk.
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