Organizational Structure of CPHA
The Administrative Core (AC) exists to foster and facilitate research from the origin of an idea to the completion of projects, allowing CPHA members and affiliates more time to focus on scholarship. We provide Administrative Services, including full pre- and post-award Grants Management, and disseminate news and events information to the CPHA community. The AC also undertakes data management services to enhance research productivity. Through the MyInfo portal, members can access a database administered by the AC containing current profile, grants and publications information as well as other material needed to submit and manage proposals, prepare annual reports, comply with IRB regulations and Data Use Agreements (DUAs), and to comply with the publication regulations of funding agencies. We are also working to harmonize and make accessible the many unique Data Collections on Aging at Duke.
The SDEC takes primary responsibility for secured data access services as well as develops web-based tools to meet the administrative needs of CPHA. To advance Aging research, the SDEC is building a Secured Data Enclave to facilitate access by CPHA scholars to the wealth of data from large health studies that is protected by HIPAA and other privacy safeguards. At the same time, we are leveraging synthetic data approaches to make complex Aging databases more widely accessible for research by protecting confidentiality while preserving global relationships through statistical modeling.
The PDC is the incubator of new ideas and the source of new faculty through external hiring and affiliating faculty in allied fields to CPHA. The PDC also administers the Pilot Award program, which takes risks on highly innovative projects, often to support primary data collection efforts that may lead to larger grants. Working with the AC, the PDC takes primary responsibility for facilitating interdisciplinary communication and new research initiatives. We provide forums for interdisciplinary discussion, collaboration and mutual support of the development of new ideas.
The short 10 miles between Duke and the University of North Carolina has long made it possible to participate in seminars and conferences and to permit graduate and postdoctoral students to enroll in courses and workshops across both campuses. The External Network Core was created to institutionalize these ties to sustain an already intellectually vibrant environment and maintain ongoing efficiencies in program delivery and training in Aging research. The ENC is also working to expand these cross-campus training opportunities as well as collaborative research initiatives, such as the ADD-Health Parents Study, a joint project of the Carolina Population Center at UNC and CPHA.