About Us

The mission of the Yale OAIC, established in 1992, is to provide intellectual leadership and innovation for aging research that is directed at enhancing the independence of older persons. The unifying theme of the Yale OAIC remains the investigation of multifactorial geriatric health conditions, encompassing single conditions resulting from multiple contributing factors or affecting multiple outcome domains and multiple conditions occurring simultaneously. 

The Yale OAIC hypothesis is that geriatric health conditions are determined by the co-occurrence of multiple predisposing and precipitating factors. These conditions and factors, in turn, affect a range of health outcomes. The predisposing factors may be at the genetic, molecular, physiologic, impairment, disease, or socio-demographic level, while the precipitating factors may be behavioral, environmental, social, medical, or psychological. As a related subtheme, the Yale OAIC also aims to advance the science of clinical decision making in the face of trade-offs and multiple competing outcomes. This includes developing strategies to elicit older persons’ health outcome priorities. 

The Yale Pepper Center provides support to numerous aging related projects at Yale and other institutions. 

To acknowledge Pepper Center support please use the following statement: "The study was conducted [, in part,] at the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (P30AG21342)."

The POA/Pepper Center Cores:

LAC PIC

Leadership and Administration Core

The LAC is responsible for strategic planning, organization, administrative operations and evaluation of the OAIC research and training program.

Biostatistics

Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Core addresses the multifactorial nature of geriatric health conditions.

Operations

Operations Core

The Yale OAIC is focused on developing, testing, and disseminating new strategies to preserve or restore the independence of older persons.

PilotStudies

Pilot & Exploratory Studies Core

The overall goal of the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core (PESC) is to facilitate the development of innovative and methodologically rigorous research studies.

Research Career

Research Education Core

The Research Education Core (REC) identifies highly promising early-stage investigators and supports their development as independent investigators and leaders in aging research.