The Research Themes of PARC reflect the interests and expertise of our research associates: Health, Disease, and Mortality Risks at Older Ages, Early-life Conditions and Older Adult Health, Global Aging, Health Disparities, and Domestic/International Perspectives on Well-Being at Older Ages.
Health, Disease, and Mortality Risks at Older Ages, has been a guiding framework of research at PARC from Year 1 of the Center. Research within this theme incorporates race and gender differences, including period and cohort risks and their underlying social and biological mechanisms.
Early-life conditions and older adult health, behavior and well-being is firmly rooted in understanding aging as a process, rather than a discrete stage. Many of us use a life-course framework, relating current status to earlier life decisions. This theme both feeds from and lies at the interface of several relevant disciplines such as demography, economics, evolutionary biology, and anthropology.
Global Aging responds to an increasing intellectual and public policy demand for understanding variation and commonalities in the aging process within and across populations. PARC’s research focus has always been remarkably international and this newly formulated signature theme aims at achieving a synthetic understanding of the social, economic, and environmental circumstances impacting the well-being of older individuals around the world.
Perspectives on well-being at older ages, emphasizes life-cycle decision-making and old-age financial security and their interactions with changing work patterns, family support, savings and pensions, health insurance, and health care systems. This line of research has been one of the hallmarks of PARC.
This new PARC theme addresses health disparities and racial, ethnic, rural/urban, environmental, and geographic health disparities.
Omnia interviewed Joseph Kable, PSC & PARC researcher and Baird Term Professor of Psychology, on why humans can’t seem to make the commitment to slow climate change.
In the largest study of its kind, PARC researcher Sarah Tishkoff and co-authors investigated the gut microbiomes of people from seven ethnically diverse populations in remote Botswana and Tanzania. Their findings illuminate the relative impact of lifestyle, geography, and genetics in shaping the microbiome. Read Penn Today for more.
Irma T. Elo has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities.
Check out the New Years message from Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.
Recent graduate Collin Payne, faculty member in Demography at the Australian National University, stopped in to talk with us about his current projects and his experience at Penn.
Mass Spectrometric Assays for the Reliable and Reproducible Detection of Proteins/Peptides of Importance in Obesity Research (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Establishing a Cohort to Clarify Risk and Protective Factors for Neurocognitive Complications of Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) - Planning Cooperative Agreements (U34 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Request for Proposals: 2019-2020 Quartet Pilot Research Project CompetitionProposals are due Friday, March 15, 2019 | 5 pm
The Annual Quartet award competition is jointly sponsored by the PSC, the Population Aging Research Center, Boettner Center for Pension Retirement Research, and LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The competition promotes high quality and innovative research in demography, economics, and related social and behavioral sciences. Quartet awards are funded for one year (or less) in duration and are selected through competitive peer review. Click here to read about former and currently funded projects.