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The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of twelve demography of aging centers funded by the National Institute on Aging (P30 AG017266). Through the integration of research, training, and teaching, CDHA aims to increase the understanding of behavioral processes related to health and aging.

The interdisciplinary research program at CDHA is designed to create links between social demography, biomedical, and epidemiological research on health and aging. Research focuses on five major themes: aging and the life course; biodemography; determinants of disparities of aging trajectories; health economics and health services research; and impacts of place on aging processes.

CDHA enjoys a close relationship with the Center for Demography and Ecology, and affiliates benefit from the centers’ shared resources, such as funding opportunities and access to a secure data enclave.



Featuring presentations from CDHA special events and conferences, co-sponsored sessions of the Demography Seminar, and the Initiative in Social Genomics Research Group.


  • CDHA Expands Pilot Grant Program

    In our recent renewal proposal to NIA, CDHA successfully requested a large increase in pilot grant support. Our overall budget increased by over 50%, allowing CDHA to increase and broaden support to our affiliates. In addition to our …

  • CDHA and CDE Engagement at PAA 2021

    CDHA and CDE affiliates have been busy preparing for the annual meeting of the Population Association of America. This year, 60 affiliates, including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and scientists, appear on the conference program 132 …

  • $14.2 Million from NIA Funds Research on Risks of Alzheimer’s, Related Dementias

    Affiliate Eric Grodsky is part of a research team awarded $14.2 million in new funding from the National Institute on Aging to study the early life conditions that can affect later-life risks for Alzheimer’s disease …

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