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CARDIA Study Grant Renewed for 10 Years, $11 Million 


The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, the largest ongoing longitudinal study of cardiovascular disease and risk from youth through later adulthood, has received a 10-year $11 million grant renewal from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.  

“This renewal ensures that the CARDIA study can continue to contribute to our understanding of human cardiovascular disease across the life course. With an additional 10 years of funding through this contract from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, we will be able to continue to follow this dedicated group of volunteer participants, some of whom were enrolled at age 18, into their 60s and beyond,” said Donald-Lloyd Jones, MD, ScM, the chair and Eileen M. Foell Professor of Preventive Medicine and principal investigator of CARDIA’s Chicago field center.  

CARDIA was launched in 1985 at four U.S. medical centers: Northwestern, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Minnesota and Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. Since the study’s inception, more than 5,000 CARDIA participants have undergone extensive psychological and physical examinations every two to five years, yielding crucial data which have led to new discoveries about the determinants, mechanisms and outcomes of cardiovascular disease and manifestations of aging.  


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