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Boston Puerto Rican Health Study Projects

The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study (BPRHS), begun in 2004, is a longitudinal study centered on our established cohort of 1500 older Puerto Ricans adults residing in the Greater Boston area. We have recently begun a 4th follow-up visit with participants. The purpose of the current study visit is to examine the potential associations of processed foods consumption and phosphorus and vitamin B6 intakes with cognitive function using a battery of cognitive tests and brain MRI scans. Previous study visits focused on stress, cardiovascular health and overall health outcomes in relation to diet, health disparities and aging.

The Boston Puerto Rican Osteoporosis Study (BPROS) is an extension of the BPRHS. After participants of the BPRHS completed their 2-year visit, they were invited to take part in the BPROS. The BPROS collected additional measurements, including bone mineral density (BMD). We recently began a follow-up visit with participants of the BPROS to study changes in BMD over time and examine bone strength in relation to compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs).

Questionnaires in English

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Los Cuestionario en Espanol

Cuestionarios estan en formato PDF. Usted necesitará Adobe Reader para verlos. Se puede descargar de forma gratuita desde el sitio web de Adobe.







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See Publications 2011-2014.

See Publications 2005 - 2010.

Potential models

The Center for Population Health (CPH) welcomes both internal and external proposals from investigators. Requests for BPRHS and/or BPROS data require approval of an Analytic Plan (doc), a Manuscript Proposal Form (docx), and a Variable Request Form (xlsx).

Due to the high volume of requests, we ask that you review the codebooks below to ensure the correct variables names are being used for the Variable Request Form. Once you have completed the Analytic Plan, Manuscript Proposal Form and the Variable Request Form, please email the documents to