NIA Demography Centers

Conducting new research and training in aging

DNA strand and data

Phenotypes, genotypes, and exceptional longevity

Kaare Christensen (Duke) searches for genes/variants associated with healthy aging phenotypes in all surviving participants of the Long Life Family Study.

Group of older immigrants becoming citizens

Do migrants really have a mortality advantage in their host countries?

Michel Guillot (U-Penn) evaluates potential explanations for the migrant mortality advantage found in prior studies, including methodological pitfalls.

Older woman swipes food stamp card.

Models test impact of U.S. social welfare interventions on health over life course

Sanjay Basu (Stanford) develops 'cohort filtering models' to link health outcomes and social program participation data at the individual level over decades.

Rhesus macaques fight for social dominance

Chronic social stress and later life health

Jenny Tung (Duke) and colleagues examine the relationship between chronic social stress and gene expression in immune cells among female macaques.

US map

Data on mortality levels and trends, by state, since the 1930s

Using vital records, decennial census, Social Security, and Medicare data, William Dow (UC-Berkeley) is constructing state-level estimates of all-cause mortality by age, sex and year, 1933-2007.

Key Activities

  • Funding pilot research initiatives
  • Attracting scholars to the study of aging
  • Creating research networks
  • Developing and promoting new data resources
  • Holding seminars, conferences, and workshops
  • Providing web-based reports and resources

Today's Research on Aging