1000 Norms Project

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Clinical catalogue of human variation

The 1000 Norms Project is a ground-breaking research project currently generating great national and international interest. An initiative of leading researchers at The University of Sydney, the aim of the study is to improve our understanding of the physical capabilities of the healthy population across the lifespan.

The 1000 Norms Project database will be shared internationally by The University of Sydney via a free, secure online portal for clinicians and researchers.

What does it mean to be healthy?

Health is difficult to define and measure. There is a great deal of variation in the healthy population- no two individuals are the same. Yet we need to know what it means to be healthy in order to diagnose and manage disease.

Physical capability, or the ability to perform the physical activities of day-to-day life, is an important indicator of health across all stages of development and ageing. Health professionals use a range of different tests to measure physical capability, including tests of strength, balance, mobility, and more. Results from these tests are used to identify an impairment or problem, when individual scores are compared to ‘normal’ values. However at present there is little information regarding age-specific ‘normal values’ for many common tests of physical capability.

About 1000 Norms Project

We are currently measuring the physical capabilities of 1000 healthy individuals across the lifespan to help us identify the range of ‘normal’ variation in the healthy population. This information will be used to generate a global database of ‘normal values’. We are also collecting information regarding lifestyle and well-being as well as investigating the ‘gene for speed’ in the healthy population. We hope to better understand the processes of healthy ageing and development, and the link between genetics and physical capability.

The 1000 Norms Project database will be shared with healthcare professionals around the globe by The University of Sydney via a free, secure online portal. Personal details are not displayed anywhere in the database. This database will be an important tool for the diagnosis and management of disease around the world.

Healthy volunteers of all ages needed!

  • Are you between 3 and 100 years of age?
  • Do you consider yourself healthy for your age?
  • Can you do the usual things that other people your age do? (e.g. go to work, visit friends etc)

If you answered “Yes” to all the above questions you may be eligible to participate.

Participation in the 1000 Norms Project involves a once-only assessment lasting 2-3 hours at The University of Sydney Cumberland Campus in Lidcombe. During the assessment you will be asked to perform basic physical tasks and complete several questionnaires. You will also be invited to provide a saliva DNA sample if you wish. Reimbursement for travel will be provided.

Join our study and contribute to global healthcare

By participating in the 1000 Norms Project you are enabling us to understand more about healthy development and ageing. This information is crucial for diagnosing, treating and preventing disease. Your participation will be greatly appreciated, and your contribution to global healthcare will be valued for many years to come.

Funded by: National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Centre for Research Excellence in Neuromuscular Disorders and Australian Podiatry Education and Research Foundation

Funder approval number: NHMRC 1031893