Per research collected by Northern Illinois University, lifelong bilingualism can deter the effects of natural aging. (source)
I read this in a blog and was confused by the usage of "per" in this sentence. I looked it up in the dictionary and only found that "as per" means "in accordance with". I think the author here is trying to use "per" to mean "according to", but is that correct? I've never seen anything like this before.