The National E-infrastructure for Aging Research (NEAR) 

coordinates the existing databases from major population-based longitudinal studies on aging and health in Sweden.

Latest News

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NEAR has been approved renewal of the research infrastructure grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR)!

We are happy to announce that NEAR received the renewal of the research infrastructure grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR).

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NEAR results: Women have a higher dementia risk after the age of 80

A multi-center study examined sex differences in dementia using evidence from population-based studies and a lifestyle intervention.

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NEAR Methodological Workshop, 2021

NEAR’s third workshop entitled: ”Methodological issues in harmonizing and pooling of data” was conducted on-site, as well as online with 70 attending participants on 27 October, 2021.

About NEAR

The National E-Infrastructure on Aging Research (NEAR) is a unique research project that was founded in 2018. It is a collaboration between eight universities including Karolinska Institutet, University of Gothenburg, Lund University, Umeå University, Jönköping University, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Uppsala University and Stockholm University. The Director of NEAR is Senior Professor Laura Fratiglioni, MD, PhD.

Aims

The aims of NEAR are:

  • To build and run a National E-infrastructure for Aging Research
  • To promote and facilitate aging research in Sweden
  • To increase national as well as international exchange and collaboration
  • To enhance research quality and generalizability of research finding

The ultimate goal is to identify sustainable intervention strategies for better health and develop more effective care of the older population.

National Interest

NEAR fulfills the six criteria established by the Swedish Research Council (VR) to define an infrastructure of national interest:

Be of broad national interest

Sweden has one of the oldest populations in the world. The dramatic demographic changes underscore the urgent need to investigate in aging research with the major goal of identifying intervention strategies for longer and healthier lives. NEAR focus solely on aging and health, thus contributing to achieving this goal.

Provide conditions for world-leading research

A broad multidisciplinary perspective is needed to achieve outstanding research in aging. NEAR includes datasets with medical, psychological, and social data covering social gerontology, public health, biomedicine, neuroscience, and care sciences. The availability of these diverse data in such a large population makes NEAR unique.

Be exploited by several research teams or users involved in high-quality research projects

Our scientific production from the first three years shows that NEAR will be increasingly used by national and international researchers with high scientific profile as the infrastructure provides unique information for aging research and policy development.

Be of large sample size and national coverage

NEAR includes 15 databases covering older populations from almost all parts of Sweden. The large sample size provides nationally representative health-related data that allows tracing of societal changes, time trends and generational differences in older adults’ health.

Be subject to a long-term plan

The long-term plan of NEAR includes continuous expansion by adding new data, new databases, linking with registers and interaction with related international infrastructures.

Be open and easily to access for researchers, industry, and other users, and be subject to an accessibility plan

We have developed a detailed policy regarding accessibility, rules and procedures for using NEAR data for academic and non-academic users. We found solutions to guarantee open access to all users, while taking the ethical and legal aspects of sensitive personal data into account.