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Brain Health Study

About the Study

The Brain Health Study is a substudy of the Baltimore Experience Corps program, a volunteer program aimed at serving both the older adult and adolescent populations. Spearheaded by Dr. Michelle Carlson, the Brain Health Study has been in existence since 2006, and is based out of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, with affiliations within the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, and Kennedy Krieger Institute. The primary aim of the study is to investigate the cognitive, physical, and social outcomes associated with older adult participation in the Baltimore Experience Corps program. Through annual visits, consisting of cognitive functioning tests, lifestyle activity questionnaires, measures of physical/sensory functioning, and an MRI scan (conducted at KKI), we hope to better understand the impact of this program on older adults’ health over time. 

Key Personnel

Principal Investigator: Michelle Carlson, PhD
Project Coordinator: Greg Harris
Senior Data Analyst: Vijay Varma
Senior Imaging Analyst: Yi-Fang Chuang


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In the News

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