24 February 2021

Upcoming CAMB survey 2021

Illustration of elderly people with thought about aging

Copenhagen Lifecourse Epidemiology in Aging Research group at Section of Social Medicine, lead by Professor Rikke Lund and Associate Professor Charlotte Juul Nilsson, is preparing a follow-up survey to the previous Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank (CAMB)-survey from 2009-2011

CAMB is the only Danish ageing cohort study following participants (born in 1948-61) across a life span with comprehensive measures of early ageing in midlife and later life and including life course information on a wide range of factors. The upcoming CAMB survey will contribute with important information, as participants are moving into later life and early retirement. Questions concerning the latter has been developed in close collaboration with Professor Karsten Vrangbæk, Section of Health Services Research.

In the early spring of 2021 the new survey data will be collected among all original cohort members from across the country, while the CAMB survey in 2009-2011 was limited to cohort members living in a specific geographical area (east of Little Belt). The subjects previously participated in earlier established cohort studies with data on the first half of life: Metropolit Project (MP, born 1953), the Copenhagen Perinatal Cohort (CPC, born 1959-1961) or the Danish Longitudinal Study on Work, Unemployment and Health (DALWUH, born 1948–49 and 1958–59). Common to the participants in the CAMB project is thus that they have been followed since childhood, early adulthood or repeatedly in adulthood.

The new data will be collected through a follow-up questionnaire survey sent out to eligible participants via Statistics Denmark in e-box. In total, around 25.000 cohort members will be invited (aged 59-72 years). The questionnaire includes questions about health, well-being, early signs of disability, social relations, health behavior and lifestyle, work-ability, work life history and present affiliation to the labor market, transition to (early) retirement and covid-19. Data will be linked to national registers to study the importance of pre- and perinatal factors, factors in childhood and early adulthood for early signs of aging in later life. As such, it serves a unique resource for the study of how the Danish population is ageing and for the identification of factors across the life course that candidate for the prevention of accelerated aging.

The upcoming CAMB-survey 2021 has been established as a collaboration between Department of Public Health, Department of Odontology and Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. You can read more about the CAMB project, access to data and the preliminary results via this link.