Welcome to the Duke Center for Population Health and Aging.
CPHA is a highly synergistic interdisciplinary environment for developing faculty and students in Aging and fostering important research breakthroughs, particularly in the overlapping areas of biodemography (biological and biomedical demography of aging); and intergenerational studies, including the transmission of health and longevity.
CPHA was established in 2007 to facilitate research and training at Duke in topics related to Population Health and Aging. With support from the NIA P30 program, CPHA offers first-rate administrative and computing services, including aiding access to the Center’s innovative data collections, and our members are developing new methods of data collection, matching, and analysis that can increase the quality and lower the cost of information on aging populations.
We are also cultivating the next generation of Aging scholars by integrating our cross-discipline postdoctoral and predoctoral Training Program into our Research programs. To further expand opportunities for scholars at all levels, CPHA is building a meaningful and permanent joint program of research and training in conjunction with the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina.
CPHA leadership includes a Director nominated by Center members, Angela O’Rand, whose term began in July 2014, and an Executive Committee. CPHA membership includes Duke faculty, who may hold appointments in Duke academic departments and in other Centers around the University. CPHA Research Affiliates may be faculty at other institutions and non-faculty post-doctoral fellows and graduate students also may be affiliated with CPHA. The Center’s dedicated Staff takes care of CPHA's grants, meetings, guests, events, travel, budgets, and more.
One of two Centers within the Duke University Population Research Institute, CPHA is organized into four Cores that support the activities of the Center’s members and affiliates: The Administrative Core provides key services and has primary responsibility for overall coordination of CPHA activities and for Grants Management, as well as servicing the administrative needs of the other Cores.
The Program Development Core is the incubator of new ideas, facilitating interdisciplinary communication and supporting new research initiatives with a pilot grant program. The PDC also recruits researchers to Aging through external hiring and affiliating faculty in allied fields. The Statistical and Data Enclave Core takes primary responsibility for secured data access services and develops web-based tools to meet the administrative needs of CPHA. The External Network Core is focused on building our collaborations with UNC, including joint research and training.