Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders

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The objective of the Yale Center on Disability and Disabling Disorders is to address fundamental issues related to the epidemiology and prevention of disability, a problem of immense importance to older persons, their families and society. Under the leadership of Dr. Thomas Gill (Director) and Dr. Nathalie de Rekeneire (Deputy Director), the Center conducts longitudinal studies and clinical trials to enhance the scientific knowledge base of the disablement process and to rigorously evaluate promising intervention strategies.

The Center includes clinical investigators and trainees across disciplines, who are pursuing aging research related to disability and disabling disorders. This includes functional assessment in general as well as the functional consequences of highly prevalent disease-specific conditions such as arthritis, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, stroke, depression, and dementia. 

Other faculty members include Dr. Sarwat Chaudhry (Heart Failure), Dr. Carlos Vaz Fragoso (Sleep and Pulmonary Function), and Dr. Heather Allore (Study Design and Biostatistics). Among the ongoing studies are the Precipitating Events Project (PEP Study), the T (Testosterone) Trial, and the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study. 

The Center works closely with the superb Resource Cores of the Program on Aging (Field, Biostatistics, and Informatics) and has access to data from several large NIH-sponsored studies, including the Health ABC Study, Cardiovascular Health Study, MrOS, National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), and LIFE-P Study, and from the UK's Medical Resource Council National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). Ample research and training opportunities are available to fellows, residents, and students, including formal postdoctoral training in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology and Aging-Related Research, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.