Ugandan Non-Communicable Diseases and Aging Cohort Study
UGANDAC is an ongoing, longitudinal cohort study with an overarching goal of elucidating the impact of HIV infection on health among older-aged people in rural Uganda. The study recruits and follows two groups of participants: 1) people living with HIV who are over 45 years old and on stable HIV therapy and in care at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital ISS clinic; and 2) age and gender-matched individuals without HIV infection who live in the Mbarara region. Study participants are seen once per year to collect data on socio-demographics, diet, exercise, tobacco use, and undergo clinical testing for cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and geriatric health conditions.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Mark Siedner (MGH) and Samson Okello (MUST)