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Boston Early Adversity & Mortality Study (BEAMS)

Established in 2019, the Boston Early Adversity & Mortality Study (BEAMS) "demonstrates an innovative method that brings together diverse data to provide a comprehensive picture on the early life conditions of persons who were born in the late 19th and early 20th century, and have been studied closely for most of their lives. Findings based on this unique “cradle-to-grave” dataset have the potential to inform childhood determinants of poor health in later life, and advance knowledge on pathways that help to explain these associations." BEAMS "findings will inform the development of interventions designed to reduce the harmful effects of childhood adversity on health as people age, and ultimately extend the span of good health." https://reporter.nih.gov/project-details/9802322

Additional Information

  • Principal Investigator(s)
  • Dan Mroczek, Northwestern University, Boston University
  • Lewina Lee, Northwestern University, Boston University
  • Partner Organization Affiliation
  • Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • Grant No.
  • 1R01AG064006-01
  • Partnered with MedRIC In
  • 2020


  • Website
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Partner Data Categories


These data categories provide a MedRIC overview of the data in BEAMS's data documentation, not an exhaustive catalog. As such, the partner's dataset may contain additional information not presented in this list.
  • Biological Markers
  • Blood Samples, Brain Scan, Urine
  • Demographic and Familial Characteristics
  • Early Childhood, Family Life, Marriage
  • Functional Capacities
  • Cognitive Function, Mood and Behavior
  • Health Circumstances
  • Dementia, Healthcare Utilization, Physical Health, Predictors of Healthy Aging
  • Psychosocial and Lifestyle Factors
  • Childhood Adversity, Quality of Relationships, Social Determinants of Health
  • Wealth and Employment Histories
  • Childhood Poverty

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