Funding for Duke Older Americans Independence Center renewed

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Harvey Jay Cohen, MD, and Miriam Morey, PhD, co-PIs of the Duke Older Americans Independence Center, have been awarded a renewal of the Claude D. Pepper OAIC grant from the National Institute on Aging. The award is for $616,815 per year for three years.

This marks more than 20 years of funding for this Center, says Dr. Cohen, Walter Kempner Professor of Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development.

The Duke Older Americans Independence Center seeks to understand and modify the multiple pathways of functional decline. The Duke OAIC will support three resource cores: an Analysis Core, a Biochemical Pathways Core, and a Metabolomics Core, as well as Research Career Development and Pilot Project Cores. Several externally funded NIH, VA or industry-sponsored grants, with relevant study aims and study populations will receive support from these cores.

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The OAIC is based in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, an all-university program with strong connections to the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Medical Center, the Hartford Center of Excellence, the Duke Institute for Genomic Sciences and Policy, the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, the Duke Center for Living, and the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center.

Together, these programs include 130 faculty who are Senior Fellows of the Aging Center and more than $25 million of research germane to the goals of the OAIC.

"We welcome interest/inquiries from faculty and/or trainees whose work might interface with the theme of the center as we are always seeking collaborations," says Dr. Morey.

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