Current Alzheimer Research

Debomoy K. Lahiri  
Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Neuroscience Research Center
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Overview and Findings from the Religious Orders Study

Author(s): David A. Bennett, Julie A. Schneider, Zoe Arvanitakis, Robert S. Wilson.


The Religious Orders Study is a longitudinal clinical-pathologic cohort study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In this manuscript, we summarize the study methods including the study design and describe the clinical evaluation, assessment of risk factors, collection of ante-mortem biological specimens, brain autopsy and collection of selected postmortem data. The results: 1) review the relation of neuropathologic indices to clinical diagnoses and cognition proximate to death; 2) examine the relation of risk factors to clinical outcomes; 3) examine the relation of risk factors to measures of neuropathology; and 4) summarize additional study findings. We then discuss and contextualize the study findings.

Keywords: Religious Orders Study, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Cognitive Function, Epidemiology, Clinical-pathologic Study, Neuropathology, Cohort

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [628 - 645]
Pages: 18
DOI: 10.2174/156720512801322573
Price: $58