The Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC) is responsible for ensuring that the goals of the Center are met. The Co-Leaders receive advice and counsel from the Executive Committee, which includes the Leaders, Co-Leaders, and Associate Leaders of each core, and an Internal Advisory Committee, which includes prominent senior faculty at Yale. An External Advisory Panel of senior scientists reviews the Center's progress.
The LAC is responsible for strategic planning, organization, administrative operations and evaluation of the OAIC research and training program. A special effort is devoted to ensuring the cohesion of the Center and to maintaining an interdisciplinary and translational research focus on the common research theme, which is "the investigation of multifactorial geriatric conditions."
The specific goals of the core are to:
- oversee the coordination, integration, and administration of all aspects of the Yale OAIC, including the utilization of core resources, and foster collaborations with other research and training programs that will help to accomplish the OAIC goals;
- promote the conduct of academically productive, innovative, high-impact, and clinically safe research by Pepper Scholars, other early stage investigators, Pilot/Exploratory Studies (PESs), Resource Cores, and External Projects;
- ensure the independent review and oversight of OAIC research and the training of Pepper Scholars and other early stage investigators;
- foster the career development of junior faculty/other trainees from multiple disciplines into independent investigators and academic leaders in aging research;
- recruit and encourage outstanding early stage investigators and senior faculty to focus their research on aging, particularly multifactorial geriatric conditions;
- identify and facilitate productive collaborations with other institutions and OAICs; and
- monitor university, government and fiscal matters, ensure the preparation of necessary progress reports and administrative documents relating to the award, and collaborate with the NIA project office and Coordinating Center on OAIC activities.