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 the 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.

To enquire further about this project, please contact:
Dr Marnee McKay

+61 2 9351 9071

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