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Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology Study Section [NAME]

The Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology [NAME] Study Section reviews applications on epidemiologic research in neurological disorders, conditions related to aging, and musculoskeletal conditions in human populations. Neurological disorders considered include Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, stroke, epilepsy, neurotoxicity, and autism and other neurodevelopmental outcomes. Conditions related to human aging considered include falls and fractures, functional decline, frailty, healthy aging and longevity. Musculoskeletal conditions considered include arthritis, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal injury and bone development in children.



  • The distribution and patterns of diseases/conditions in human populations with respect to personal characteristics, place and time.
  • The determinants, predictors and biomarkers of diseases/conditions. The focus is to determine whether risk of a disease/condition is different among individuals who are exposed or not exposed to specific factors (or combinations of factors) of interest. These may be either risk or protective factors and include genetic, epigenetic, molecular, environmental, pharmacological, behavioral and social factors.
  • Primary preventions including those evaluated by clinical trial.
  • Research designs and methodologies to address epidemiologic questions including cohort; case-control; prospective; longitudinal; retrospective; clinical trial; cross-sectional; surveillance; genetics; genome wide association studies (GWAS); epigenetics; gene-environment interactions; and molecular genetics.

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