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Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Training Program
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EBA Faculty, Fellows and Research-in-Progress Participants, November 2013

Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, Principal Investigator / Director
The Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging program offers training in the methodology and conduct of significant clinical- and population-based research in older adults. Training in a program that includes numerous investigators actively involved in multidisciplinary research provides experience in the successful conduct of the collaborative work essential in studies of health in older adults and offers mentoring that leads to career dedication to these issues. The specific mission of this training grant is to prepare epidemiologists and biostatisticians who will be both leaders and essential members of the multidisciplinary research needed to define models of healthy, productive aging and the prevention and interventions that will accomplish this goal. This training grant is funded by the National Institute on Aging, T32AG000247.

For more information, please see our student guide:
EBA Training Program Manual.

Program Aims
The EBA training grant has as its aims:
  1. Train pre- and post-doctoral fellows by providing a structured program consisting of a) course work, b) seminars and working groups, c) practica, d) directed multidisciplinary collaborative experience through a training program research project, and e) directed research.
  2. Ensure hands-on participation in multidisciplinary research bringing trainees together with infrastructure, mentors, and resources, thus developing essential skills and experience for launching their research careers.
  3. Provide in-depth knowledge in established areas of concentration, including a) the epidemiology and course of late-life disability, b) the epidemiology of chronic diseases common to older persons, c) cognition, d) social epidemiology, e) the molecular, epidemiological and statistical genetics of aging, f) measurement and analysis of complex gerontological outcomes (e.g, frailty), and g) analysis of longitudinal and survival data.
  4. Expand the areas of emphasis to which trainees are exposed by developing new training opportunities in: a) clinical trials; b) causal inference; c) screening and prevention; and d) frailty and the integration of longitudinal physiologic investigation into epidemiology.
  5. Integrate epidemiology and biostatistics training to form a seamless, synthesized approach whose result is greater than the sum of its parts, to best prepare trainees to tackle aging-related research questions.

These aims are designed to provide the fields of geriatrics and gerontology with epidemiologists and biostatisticians who have an appreciation for and understanding of the public health and scientific issues in human aging, and who have the experience collaborating across disciplines that is essential to high quality research on aging.

Program Leadership
Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, Director
Michelle Carlson, PhD, Associate Director
Dani Fallin, PhD, Co-Director

Alden Gross, PhD, Associate Director
David L. Roth, PhD, Associate Director
Jennifer Schrack, PhD, Co-Director
Ravi Varadhan, PhD, PhD, Associate Director
Qian-Li Xue, PhD, Associate Director
Sevil Yasar, MD, PhD, Associate Director

Trainees (2018-2019)
Danielle Feger (Predoctoral Trainee in Epidemiology)
Jacob Fiksel (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Andrew Leroux (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Kyle Moored (Predoctoral Trainee in Mental Health)
Danielle Powell (Predoctoral Trainee in Epidemiology)
Grant Schumock (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Emily Smail (Predoctoral Trainee in Mental Health)
Dane Van Domelen, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics)
Amal Wanigatunga, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology)

Please click here for additional information on current and previous trainees.

Applying to the program
The EBA Training Program supports 8 doctoral fellows and 2 postdoctoral fellows each year.

The EBA Training Program is currently seeking applications for postdoctoral fellows in 2018-2019.  Interested candidates can contact Brian Buta, with any questions.

To find out more about the training program, please contact our program administrator, Brian Buta, MHS, at or 410-502-3412. You can also download our trainee manual (in PDF format) here: EBA Training Program Manual (2018-2019).

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