Received: 30 September 2017
Accepted: 4 January 2018
First Online: 19 January 2018
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: MINDMAP will do secondary analyses on the data collected within the participating cohort studies. All participating cohort studies have originally received consent of the participants and ethical approval from their respected institutions: LASA received ethical approval by the Medical Ethical Committee of the Vrije Universiteit medisch centrum. HUNT received ethical approval from the Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics, Mid-Norway. In addition, MINDMAP specific approval was received from the same committee. RECORD received ethical approval from the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés. LUCAS received ethical approval from the Ethik-Kommission der Ärztekammer Hamburg. Additional MINDMAP specific ethical approval has been received from the same committee. Furthermore, MINDMAP specific consent is requested from the participants in the latest wave of LUCAS. HAPIEE received ethical approval from the Joint UCL/UCLH Committees on the Ethics of Human Research. Furthermore, all local institutes also provided ethical approval (the Jagiellonian University’s Committee on the Ethics of Clinical Research, the Kaunas Regional Biomedical Research Ethical Committee, and the Institution Ethical Commission of the Czech Republic – National Institute of Public Health). The Rotterdam study has received ethical approval from the Medical Ethical Committee of Erasmus MC. The GLOBE study has received a declaration of no objection from the same committee. CLSA has received ethical approval from the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. MESA was approved by the institutional review boards of all participating institutions (Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, University of California at Los Angeles, Columbia University, University of Minnesota) as well as the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
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