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USC Programs and Centers

The following are USC research and training programs on aging. The Aging Nexus summarizes USC's research and training on aging in several broad and overlapping clusters.






    USC Sponsored Projects on Aging by School, Year 2000 Estimates

    National Institute on Aging - FY 2002 Funded Institutions


The Gerontology Research Institute (GRI) represents the original mission of the Center: to encourage basic and applied research in aging. Doctoral instruction with an aging emphasis is facilitated within the academic disciplines of biology, economics, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology, as well as with doctoral students in the Andrus Center's Ph.D. program in Public Policy.  The Research Institute includes the following divisions:

    The Biogerontology Division represents a major new frontier in biomedical research that examines the basic processes of aging in relation to specific diseases and disabilities of aging. A major focus for 3 decades at Andrus has been on the brain and aging.  In 1982, USC was awarded one of the first five NIA-supported Alzheimer Disease Research Centers, which is seated at the Andrus Center. Five labs conduct experimental studies on Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases and the underlying brain aging processes: Kelvin Davies, Caleb Finch, Valter Longo, Christian Pike, and John Walsh.  The Biogerontology Division collaborates extensively with other scientists at Andrus and throughout USC to understand brain aging and the broader mechanisms of aging in other tissues.

    Policy and Services Research
    The Division of Policy and Services Research (DPSR) conducts applied research and carries out projects intended to influence national, state, and local policy and program development which will improve the quality of life of older persons. DPSR's latest program, The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification is working to increase the availability and awareness of home modifications so that frail older and disabled persons have the choice to age in place, and the provision of care can take place in a supportive environment.

    Social and Behavioral Sciences
    The Andrus Center has a long-standing reputation of research in the sociology and psychology of aging. The Center is home to the Longitudinal Study of Generations, collecting data on the dynamics of change and continuity as families change. The study focuses on the effects of elder-caregiving, the role of family elders across generations, and intergenerational equity. Other research programs in the division reflect American's growing concerns about retirement, the quality of life for the increasing number of older persons, cognitive change and aging, and age-related memory impairment.

    Division of Health and Health Services
    The Division is the home of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH). This Center is directed by Eileen Crimmins at USC, with Caleb Finch as co-director. 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 along with epidemiologists and geriatricians at UCLA. The purpose of the Center is to integrate medical, biological, and epidemiological information to understand and predict population health trends. The Center provides pilot project money for relevant research and promotes a series of seminars and workshops on the two campuses.  The focus of the Center is on Race/Ethnic and socioeconomic differences in health.  Many of the projects focus on health outcomes such as mortality, cognitive functioning, physical functioning, and heart disease.

The California Center on Long-Term Care Integration headed by Kathleen Wilber is also in this Division.

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