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.
BIOLOGICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (BHS)
POLICY, APPLICATIONS, AND SERVICES (PAS)
DEMOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (DSS)
USC Sponsored Projects on Aging by School, Year 2000 Estimates
National Institute on Aging - FY 2002 Funded Institutions
ETHEL PERCY ANDRUS GERONTOLOGY CENTER / LEONARD DAVIS SCHOOL OF GERONTOLOGY
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
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.