QUB health study to involve 282 from borough

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Queen’s University Belfast is planning to select 282 participants from the Carrickfergus area for Northern Ireland’s largest ever public health research project.

‘NICOLA’ – the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing – is hoping to provide the basis for future Government policy by following the lives of 8,500 over 50s across Northern Ireland as they grow older.

Participants in the university-led project, supported by groups including the Public Health Agency and Commissioner for Older People of Northern Ireland, will be randomly selected from across Northern Ireland over the next 18 months.

The findings will leave a lasting legacy for society by enabling policy makers to base Government strategy on research.

NICOLA consists of three stages: an interview conducted in the home, a questionnaire and a health assessment which will take place at the new Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility at Belfast City Hospital.

Over the next few weeks the first potential participants in NICOLA will be contacted by letter and then approached by representatives from Ipsos MORI, the leading market research company.