NIA establishes new demography centers to enhance knowledge about older americans

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established four new Centers on the Demography of Aging at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of North Carolina, and Pennsylvania State University. The new programs, which join nine ongoing Centers at institutions around the U.S., will focus on social and behavioral research on health, savings, retirement, and global aging. Today's announcement reflects an expanded effort by the NIA to promote economic and demographic population research as the U.S. and world age rapidly.

"The Centers were developed as a research infrastructure to address the big questions in population aging in the U.S. and worldwide," says Richard Suzman, Ph.D., Associate Director of the NIA for Behavioral and Social Research. "Population science applied to aging is increasingly interdisciplinary, and the Centers have become the crucibles for combining disciplines into cutting edge research fields such as biodemography, neuroeconomics and behavior genetics."

The NIA was joined in funding four of the Centers by the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). The NIH and its components are part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Centers' research embraces topics on the age structure of populations; changes in the levels of disease and disability; the economic costs of disability; cost effectiveness of interventions; migration and geographic concentration of older people; decision-making about retirement; pensions and savings; the relationship between health and economic status; and health disparities by gender and race.

The new and existing Centers will receive approximately $6 million in grant awards in their first year for a broad range of research and over $30 million for the four to five years for which they will be funded. Each of the 13 Centers has unique but inter-related themes. The four new centers, their principa

Contact: Jeannine Mjoseth
NIH/National Institute on Aging

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