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Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) data

Health data
Keywords: Data repository, Brain imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetoencephalography, Cognition, Ageing
Accessible to: Aalto users, Aalto Students & Staff
Researcher must apply for data access at After approval, request access to the local copy from [email protected].

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Analysis unit


Geographical coverage


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Not a panel or time series






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The Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (Cam-CAN) is a large-scale collaborative research project at the University of Cambridge, launched in October 2010, with substantial initial funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), followed by support from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) and the European Union Horizon 2020 LifeBrain project. The Cam-CAN project uses epidemiological, cognitive, and neuroimaging data to understand how individuals can best retain cognitive abilities into old age. 

This inventory contains details of data from Stages I and II of the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (CamCAN) project. Nearly 3000 adults aged 18-90 completed a home interview, and a subset of nearly 700 (100 per decade from 18-88; the CC700) were scanned using structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), functional MRI (both resting and task-based), magnetoencephalography (MEG), and completed multiple cognitive experiments. 

You can find more details of available datasets and apply for access on the Cam-CAN website. The data are available freely, subject to an online data usage agreement. Data from Stage III (the CC280) are available on email request

A detailed description of the cc700 dataset and pre-processing pipeline can be found in Taylor et al (2017). A more general overview of the CamCAN dataset can be found in Shafto et al. (2014). 


Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience


Aalto Scientific Computing maintans the local copy of this dataset

Cite as

Taylor, J.R., Williams, N., Cusack, R., Auer, T., Shafto, M.A., Dixon, M., Tyler, L.K., CamCAN, Henson, R.N. (2016). The Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (CamCAN) data repository: Structural and functional MRI, MEG, and cognitive data from a cross-sectional adult lifespan sample. NeuroImage. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.018.

Shafto, M.A., Tyler, L.K., Dixon, M., Taylor, J.R., Rowe, J.B., Cusack, R., Calder, A.J., Marslen-Wilson, W.D., Duncan, J., Dalgleish, T., Henson, R.N., Brayne, C., CamCAN, & Matthews, F.E. (2014). The Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience (CamCAN) study protocol: a cross-sectional, lifespan, multidisciplinary examination of healthy cognitive ageing. BMC Neurology, 14(204). doi:10.1186/s12883-014-0204-1.

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