Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP)


CHAMP is a large epidemiological study of ageing in men, with a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and urinary incontinence.


Professor Robert G Cumming

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Concord Clinical School

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The Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP) is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive study of the health of older men ever conducted anywhere in the world. CHAMP involves 1705 men aged 70 years and older recruited from the community living near Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west. Subjects were recruited during 2005 and 2006 and five-year follow-up examinations will be completed in 2013. It is hoped to continue doing follow-up examinations every two years for at least the next 10 years. Men complete a questionnaire at home before coming to the study clinic at Concord Hospital. The questionnaire took about 45 minutes to complete and the clinic visit about three hours. The study questionnaire includes questions on socio-demographic factors, medical history health service use smoking and alcohol, activities of daily living, anxiety, depression, SF12), physical activity, social support and urinary symptoms (IPSS, ICIQ). The clinic visit includes a cognitive assessment that lasts about 30 minutes, assessment of vision, muscle strength, gait, balance, FEV1, uroflowmetry and post-void residual (bladder ultrasound) and bone densitometry (DEXA). A self-completed questionnaire on sexual and reproductive history is done at the end of the clinic visit. Fasting blood is taken and tested for a wide range of factors, including reproductive hormone levels. It is planned to extract DNA and conduct studies of genes associated with successful ageing. The study is particularly concerned with cognitive impairment and dementia; falls, fractures and osteoporosis; and urinary problems. However, the vast amount of information collected from subjects provides multiple PhD opportunities.

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Alzheimers health, public health, testosterone, Chronic diseases & ageing, Genes in biology & medicine, Health & lifestyle, Public health & social medicine, Alzheimers disease, dementia, urinary incontinence, Ageing, epidemiology, men, Falls, Fractures, Osteoporosis

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 48