The Trinity-Ulster-Department of Agriculture (TUDA) study was launched in 2008 and aims to:

1. Provide a better understanding of how food, nutrition, genetics, health, lifestyle and environmental factors can impact on diseases of ageing, with a particular emphasis on cardiovascular disease, dementia and osteoporosis.

2. Generate evidence to influence public health policy and develop strategies aimed at promoting healthier ageing through improved nutrition.

3. Generate opportunities for functional food development to support healthy ageing.

It is one of the most comprehensively characterised resources of its kind for ageing research internationally, providing extensive phenotypic, environmental and genetic information on over 5000 older adults.

The TUDA study is a component of the National Nutritional Phenotype Database (JINGO) project and was funded by the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Health Research Board (under the Food Institutional Research Measure, FIRM) and the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning (under its Strengthening the All-Island Research Base initiative).

Sampling Centres: