Established in 2009, the Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA) facilitates innovative, multidisciplinary research, using frontline methods and sophisticated data collection initiatives to broaden the scope of Aging research. As one of two Centers within the Duke University Population Research Institute (DUPRI), CPHA is comprised of over thirty research scholars, including mathematical demographers, primate evolutionary anthropologists and population researchers in related disciplines.
Centered around the research themes of Biodemography, Life Course Studies and Intergenerational studies, CPHA supports junior faculty research and offers extramural grant application and development support. The Center funds promising pilot projects and provides mentoring and hands-on research experience for graduate students and postdoctoral associates.
The Center’s expansive and ongoing partnership with the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Population Center encourages joint scientific explorations and research opportunities for scholars at all levels.
Integral to CPHA’s mission is a strong collaborative relationship with Duke's Biodemography Research Unit (BARU), an interdisciplinary team of well-established researchers with expertise ranging from demography/actuarial science to mathematics/physics, biology/genetics and health services research.
CPHA is one of a small number of Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging and Centers on the Demography and Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AD/ADRD), funded by NIA and designed to seed new lines of research in the demography and economics of aging and the demography, economics and health services research relevant to AD/ADRD.