Berkeley – Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA)

Center Started: 1994

CEDA supports cutting-edge discovery and dissemination of knowledge on the demography of aging by supporting new research via pilot project funding; providing support for programming, computing, and data access; facilitating and encouraging interdisciplinary interactions and innovation; organizing conferences and seminars; supporting junior faculty development; and disseminating research findings.

Research Areas:
Biology, Genetics and Demography of Aging
Consequences of U.S. and Global Aging
Health Trends and Disparities
Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity
Population, Economic and Health Forecasting
Behavioral Economics
Mortality Measurement


Chicago – Center for Healthy Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal InvestigtationS (CHABLIS)

The goal of CHABLIS is to promote a sustained research and infrastructure development program that leverages longitudinal data, from both observational and interventional studies, to examine how demographic and economic factors facilitate or suppress individual healthy aging behaviors, and, in turn, influence outcomes among older adults over the life course.

Research Areas:
Individual healthy aging behaviors
Family, networks and the life course
Aging in community and larger social contexts
Health outcomes at the hospital, neighborhood, and municipal levels
Measurement and methods for longitudinal studies on aging

Media/administrative contact: Kelsey Bogue, kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu


Duke – Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA)

Center Started: 1994

CPHA is a highly interdisciplinary environment for developing faculty and students who study aging. CPHA fosters important research breakthroughs, particularly in the overlapping areas of biodemography (biological and biomedical demography of aging), life course analyses, and intergenerational studies, including the transmission of health and longevity.

Research Areas:
Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity
Consequences of U.S. and Global Aging
Population, Economic and Health Forecasting
Health Trends and Disparities
Disability, Health Care and Long-Term Care
Cognitive Aging and the Demography of Dementia
Biology, Genetics and Demography of Aging
Population, Economic and Health Forecasting
Economics of Aging
Innovations in Data Collection and Measurement in Aging Research
Determinants of Health and Aging Across Social Species

Media Contact: Francesca Florey Eischen, contactcpha@duke.edu


Michigan – Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA)

Center Started: 1994

The Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars from across the University of Michigan with a shared interest in the demography of aging. MiCDA affiliates pioneer the collection of innovative data for study of the demography of aging and lead major surveys on aging. MiCDA affiliates are accelerating understanding of the changing demography of late-life disability and dementia and family caregiving and identifying factors over the life course that shape disparities in health and wellbeing in later life. MiCDA’s activities promote pilot research and bring networks of researchers together to form new collaborations; provide junior faculty with career development opportunities; and make available to researchers data that require secure handling.

Research Areas:
Biology, Genetics and Demography of Aging
Cognitive Aging and the Demography of Dementia
Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity
Disability, Health Care and Long-Term Care
Health Trends and Disparities
Health and Well Being in Later Life
Aging, Genetics and Social Science
Survey Measurement and Methods
Family Caregiving to Older Adults

Media Contact: Amanda Sonnega, 734-615-5467, asonnega@umich.edu


Minnesota–Life Course Center (LCC)

The Life Course Center (LCC) at the University of Minnesota is an incubator for innovative research on the demography and economics of aging. The LCC recruits and fosters connections among researchers across disciplines; develops leading-edge collaborative pilot studies on aging contexts, trends, dynamics, and disparities; provides technical and administrative support for research development; and supports a research network to leverage large-scale population data to advance interdisciplinary scholarship on social determinants and contexts of aging and health.

Research Areas
Later Life-Course Population Trends in Context
Life-Course Dynamics as Disparity Mechanisms
Interrelationships of Work, Family, Community Participation, and Health

Media Contact: Stacy Nordstrom, nordstro@umn.edu


NBER – NBER Center for Aging and Health Research

Center Started: 1994

The mission of the NBER Center is to develop, coordinate and advance research by economists on health and aging issues. Center research considers the health and wellbeing of people as they age, how health and wellbeing are affected by the changing environment in which people live, and what interventions might be effective in improving health and wellbeing.

Research Areas:
Health Trends and Disparities
Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity
Disability, Health Care and Long-Term Care
Effects of Interventions on Population Health
Health Care Resource Allocation and Productivity
Implications of Health Policy
The Value of Medical Research and Innovation


Texas – Center on Aging & Population Sciences (CAPS)

CAPS’s overarching mission is to galvanize novel research that illuminates how biological, psychosocial, and environmental factors intersect and cascade throughout the life course to generate disparities in health and well-being at older ages. The Center promotes collaborations among scholars and supports pilot projects to address these complex aging and population health issues, and works to grow the number and diversity of researchers who study aging at all career stages.

Research Areas:
Life Course Precursors of Advantage and Disadvantage at Older Ages
Family Demography, Social Engagement, and Social Isolation
Place, Aging, and Health


U-Penn – Population Aging Research Center (PARC)

PARC supports highly interdisciplinary research on aging by funding pilot projects, hosting a weekly seminar series and a working paper series, and maintaining a secure data enclave for access to sensitive aging-related data. Research associates conduct research on population and individual processes in the areas of aging, including the determinants and effects of population composition and processes. They are also involved in large data collection projects in the U.S. and abroad.

Research Areas:
Cognitive Aging and the Demography of Dementia
Disability, Health Care and Long-Term Care
Effects of Interventions on Population Health
Health Trends and Disparities
Consequences of U.S. and Global Aging

Global Aging and Health
Early-life Conditions and Older Adult Health, Behavior and Well-Being

Media Contact: Shannon Crane, 215-898-5375, scrane@sas.upenn.edu


USC/UCLA – Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH)

CBPH is a multi-site center located at the Andrus Gerontology Center at USC and the Program in Geriatric Medicine at UCLA. The Center’s primary aim is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines to better understand population health. It supports the Biomarker Network, which is dedicated to improving measures of biological risk for late-life health outcomes – measures critical in monitoring population health.

Research Areas:
Biology, Genetics and Demography of Aging
Cognitive Aging and the Demography of Dementia
Determinants of Health, Well-Being and Longevity
Health Trends and Disparities


Wisconsin – Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA)

Center Started: 1999

Through the integration of research, training, and teaching, CDHA aims to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging. The interdisciplinary research program at CDHA is designed to create links between social demography, biomedical, and epidemiological research on health and aging.

Research Areas:
Aging and the Life Course
Biodemography
Determinants of Disparities of Aging Trajectories
Health Economics and Health Services Research
Impacts of Place on Aging Processes

Media Contact: Sherry Huhn, shuhn@wisc.edu