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Participate in the HCP Lifespan Aging Study

The HCP Lifespan Aging study is now seeking healthy adults over the age of 35 to participate in their study. 

Study Overview

Changes in brain structure and function are a normal part of the aging process from middle age through older adulthood. In the last decade, an explosion of work has focused on brain structure in disorders that occur as we age. Yet, relatively few studies have focused on healthy aging of brain circuitry and how it varies across people. 

Thanks to recent technological advances pioneered by the Human Connectome Project study of healthy young adults, we can now explore how the brain typically ages and how connections change in mature and older adults. Data collected will be shared broadly so that researchers can learn as much as possible from it for years to come. Characterizing brain aging in healthy adults will also allow us to better understand differences in people with conditions that may affect brain wiring such as dementia or major depression.

Ultimately, the HCP-A Study aims to collect information that we, our families, and health professionals can use to enhance our well being as we age.

How To Participate

The Lifespan Human Connectome Project Aging (HCP-A) Study will enroll 1,500+ healthy adults ages 36-100+ to discover how individual experiences affect the ways in which different parts of the brain are connected and how these connections (the “connectome”) change across healthy adulthood. To learn how to participate, go to our Recruitment Page

Principal Investigators

David Van Essen

David Van Essen, Ph.D. - WashU Principal Investigator

Beau Ances

Beau Ances, Ph.D. - WashU Principal Investigator

Susan Bookheimer

Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D. - UCLA Principal Investigator

Roger Woods

Roger Woods, M.D. - UCLA Principal Investigator

Melissa Terpstra

Melissa Terpstra, Ph.D. - UMinn Principal Investigator

Kamil Ugurbil

Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D. - UMinn Principal Investigator

David Salat

David Salat, Ph.D. - MGH Principal Investigator

Randy Buckner

Randy Buckner, Ph.D. - Harvard Principal Investigator

Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith, Ph.D. - Oxford Principal Investigator

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