The Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) was initially established to identify the risk factors associated with osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women aged 65 and older. Over time, the scope of the study expanded to include assessment of sleep, cognitive function, osteoarthritis, breast cancer, cognitive function and healthy aging.
Other NIA Studies
Longitudinal and clinical studies on aging supported by the National Institute on Aging have generated collections of biospecimens and related phenotypic and clinical data to allow better understanding of the aging process and to promote advances in the development of prognostics, markers, and therapeutics for aging-related conditions.
SOF: Long-running fractures study doubles as a bountiful women's health data source
More than one-third of people aged 65 years and older fall each year. The risk of falling and fall-related problems like fractures and loss of mobility rises with age and is affected by other health conditions and some medications...Date: August 12, 2020
SWAN: Biospecimens and Data on Women's Aging Available Through NIH Biobank
The Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) helps scientists, health care providers, and patients understand the relationship between women's midlife experiences, such as menopause, and their health and quality of life in later years. SWAN...Date: June 10, 2020
After LIFE: Thanks to AgingResearchBiobank, Groundbreaking Study Data Continues to Inspire Us
Maintaining the ability to walk without assistance and perform daily activities is essential for health and independence as we age. Conducted from 2010 to 2013, the NIA-supported Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study examined...Date: May 20, 2020
A Wealth of Shared Data, Specimens for Aging Research
As part of NIA's mission, we conduct and support various longitudinal and clinical studies on aging that generate a vast collection of biospecimens and related phenotypic and clinical data. When these grants end, it is often hard to maintain such collections with no support...Date: January 30, 2019
About the NIA
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Our research ranges from the study of basic cellular changes that accompany the aging process to the examination of the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of growing older. Our main goal is to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Learn more about the NIA’s mission and strategic directions for aging research at www.nia.nih.gov