The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is one of eleven 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.


  • Book Discussion with Deborah Carr

    On Friday, March 29, CDHA hosted Deborah Carr, professor of sociology at Boston University, for a discussion of her recent book Golden Years? Social Inequality in Later Life. In her work Carr, who received her …

  • USDA Awards Grant to Study Variation in Gut Microbial Metabolism

    Federico Rey (bacteriology) recently received funding from the USDA to study the interpersonal variation in gut microbial metabolism of nutrients and cardiometabolic disease. Rey’s new grant stemmed from the 2016–17 pilot, “The Role of Early …

  • CDHA & CDE Engagement at PAA

    CDHA and CDE affiliates have been busy preparing for the annual meeting of the Population Association of America in Austin. Fifty-seven affiliates, including faculty, graduate students, postdocs, and scientists, appear on the conference program ninety-eight …

  • Trainee Profile: PhD Student Eva Vasiljevic

    Name: Eva Vasiljevic Educational background: BA French and Biology, certificate in Global Cultures Master of Public Affairs, expected 2019 Can you describe your research interests? Current research projects? I study the genetic basis of disease …

  • Trainee Profile: PhD Student Ankit Rastogi

    Name Ankit Rastogi Hometown Silver Spring, MD Educational background BA, Biology, Dartmouth College; MSc, Biostatistics, Harvard University Can you describe your research interests? Current research projects? I study racial residential integration in the suburbs. It’s …

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