NIA Demography Centers

Conducting new research and training in aging

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Longitudinal Aging Study in India

David Bloom and Jinkook Lee (Harvard) lead the first two waves of LASI, a large-scale, nationally representative panel survey on aging, health, and retirement in India. LASI will highlight the determinants and consequences of India's population aging processes and inform policy making to address related challenges.

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Developing Novel Indicators of Cognitive Function

Lisa Berkman (Harvard) assesses the validity of non-verbal and minimally numeric evaluations of cognitive function against the Health and Retirement Study's HCAP measures in three HRS-based studies in South Africa, the US, and Ireland. Her intent is to develop a battery of harmonized psychometric items for use in a variety of settings.

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Disparities in Stroke Risk Factors by Race/Ethnicity

Arleen Brown (USC/UCLA) uses NHANES data to analyze trends in the prevalence of stroke risk factors - including traditional and novel biologic and social risk factors - and how these trends differ across whites, Hispanics, and blacks.

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Impacts of physician practice characteristics on health care

Mary Kate Bundorf (Stanford) analyzes the relationship between physician practice size and composition and the use, cost, and outcomes of care for Medicare beneficiaries. She also looks at variance in effects based on the incentives facing providers.

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Cellular senescence, inflammation and aging

Judith Campisi studies the role of senescent cells in age-related dysfunction and frailty. Using a mouse model, she intervenes in the senescence-inflammation-disease progression to test ways to break this linkage and increase healthspan.

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