Research project The Betula Project is a longitudinal study on aging, memory and dementia and has been going on for a period of over 25 years.
The participants of the project have been tested, interviewed and examined medically at six occasions (1988-1990, 1993-1995, 1998-2000, 2003-2005, 2008-2010 and 2013-2014). The main objectives of the project is to study how memory functions change during adult life and old age, to identify risk factors for dementia and to identify early preclinical signs of dementia. In 2005 the project was appointed as one of ten leading research environments in Sweden. Contactperson for the Betula project is Mikael Stiernstedt.
The project got its name from Umeå, a city in northern Sweden, where the project started in 1988. Umeå is called the city of birch trees. Betula is latin for birch tree.
Betula is part of the national project NEAR (National E-infrastructure for Aging Research), www.near-aging.se