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Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Davis School of Gerontology, Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and Sociology. Demography of older populations, health and mortality. Director of Training, Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology

Eileen Crimmins is currently working on a number of projects. "The Role of Biological Factors in Determining Differences in Health by Education and Income Level" is being undertaken with Teresa Seeman of UCLA. This project examines how aging is linked to markers of biological functioning and how the pace of change in these markers is related to education and income. Factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, homocysteine, antioxidants, fibrinogen, and immune function indicators are among the factors being investigated.

Crimmins also works on Healthy Life Expectancy in the Older Population defining healthy in a variety of ways. In addition she is working on male/female differences in health and mortality as well as differences by gender in life stresses and strains. Crimmins is the director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH). Caleb Finch is co-director at USC. At UCLA the Center is directed by Teresa Seeman and co-directed by David Reuben. This Center is a unique collaboration between demographers and biologists at USC and epidemiologists and geriatricians at UCLA. The purpose of the Center is to integrate medical, biological, and epidemiological information to model and predict population health trends. The Center provides pilot project money for relevant research and supports a series of seminars and workshops on the two campuses.

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