The Center Programs

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers

Working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with Alzheimer's.

Researchers at these Centers are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer's.

The University of Washington hosts the coordinating center for this program.

Principal Investigator/Director

Walter Kukull, Ph.D.

Walter Kukull, Ph.D.

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Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging

Helping to develop the fields of demography and economics of aging across the world.

The reach of the Centers on the Demography and Economics is global, with almost all involved in international projects, helping to develop the fields of demography and economics of aging in many countries. Centers support the infrastructure and pilot data collection to foster larger research projects; develop national and international networks of researchers; and develop methods for the analysis of state-of-the-art, often-longitudinal, social science data that contains complex, deeply-described phenotypes.

The University of Michigan serves as coordinating center for this program.

Principal Investigator/Director

Amanda Sonnega, Ph.D.

Amanda Sonnega, Ph.D.

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Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)

This program named in honor of the late Representative established centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research career development to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons.

Wake Forest School of Medicine serves as the coordinating center for this program.

Principal Investigator/Director

Dalane Kitzman, M.D.

Dalane Kitzman, M.D.

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Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

The Centers provide leadership in the pursuit of basic research into the biology of aging. They do so through a Research Development Core which administers small start-up funds locally, and organizes national annual meetings to highlight specific areas of research. In addition, each Nathan Shock Center has several specialized cores that provide services to Shock Center members, as well as for-fee services to the community at large. The cores are different in each Center, depending on the strengths of each Institution.

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) serves as the coordinating center for this program.

Principal Investigators/Directors

Stephen Austad, Ph.D.

Stephen Austad, Ph.D.

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Stephanie Lederman, M.Ed.

Stephanie Lederman, M.Ed.

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Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

These centers aim to eliminate health disparities, a widely established national priority, which requires research that includes a special focus on the distribution of disease and disability between racial and ethnic groups in society. Increasing the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve their health and well-being.

UCLA serves as the coordinating center for this program.

Principal Investigators/Directors

Nina T. Harawa, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Nina T. Harawa, M.P.H., Ph.D.

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Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.

Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.

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Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging

The Roybal Centers are intended to develop and pilot innovative ideas for translation of basic behavioral and social research findings into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and the capacity of institutions to adapt to societal aging. This program has no designated coordinating center.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is filling this function at present and a website is under development.

Principal Investigator/Director

Susan L. Hughes, D.S.W.

Susan L. Hughes, D.S.W.

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