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COAH Research

 
Research in the Center on Aging and Health involves population-based and clinical studies of aging-related conditions. COAH spans the full spectrum of aging research, from the biology of aging to health policy. It facilitates the translation of research discoveries into applications that will directly improve the health of older adults. The Center provides key infrastructure, such as the statistical data core and educational resources for research with older adults.
 
COAH houses a number of distinct research working groups:

Biostatistics and Research Design

Cognitive and Sensory Functions

Family and Social Resources

Frailty and Multisystem Dysregulation

Administrative Claims Analyses

Physical Function and Falls

 


 

 

Biostatistics, Design and Analysis

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The Center on Aging and Health provides cutting-edge statistical and research design expertise in collaboration with other investigators in aging research. Our biostatistics and methodological experts are internationally known for their accomplishments in developing new methods for testing complex hypotheses and models. The recent establishment of a 'cold room' for Medicare claims analyses and other sensitive health data has expanded the Center's analytic capabilities and infrastructure.Jin Huang, MS

Every 4th Monday

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 

Cognitive and Sensory Functions

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We are seeking to better understand the relationship between sensory loss - primarily vision and hearing loss - and cognitive function in older adults. This includes research aimed at identifying mechanisms underlying sensory-cognitive relationships, as well as methodological approaches to measuring cognitive function in older adults with sensory impairments.Alden Gross, PhD

Every 3rd Monday

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

 

Family and Social Resources

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Most older adults rely on family members, neighbors, or friends to help them manage their health problems and maximize function.A unifying theme of the Johns Hopkins Roybal Center for Translation Research is an emphasis on better understanding and strengthening the family and social support resources of vulnerable older adults, particularly those with physical or cognitive impairments.The Roybal Center funds pilot studies that address family and social support resources such as caregiving across a diverse set of clinical conditions including dementia, stroke, end stage renal disease, and multiple chronic conditions.Laura Samuel, PhD, CRNP

Every 4th Tuesday

8:30 am - 9:30 am EST

 

 Frailty and Multisystem Dysregulation

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An integral part of our research mission is to identify the causes of and treatments for frailty, an age-related condition characterized by reduced strength, energy, and activity. The Johns Hopkins Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) supports a broad range of population-based, biological, and clinical studies on frailty etiology, management, and prevention.  The OAIC  provides important resources for pilot studies and for career development of emerging scholars.Brian Buta, MHS

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday

9:00 am - 10:00 am EST

 

Administrative Claims Analyses

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The study of healthcare utilization is critical to identifying inefficiencies in resource allocation and potential cost savings as healthcare costs continue to rise. Outcomes that are important to patients such as function and quality of life are often not captured in traditional insurance databases, and specific healthcare utilization measures such as the number of days spent in hospital or emergency department visits are often poorly captured in epidemiologic survey studies.  The Center has recently established and Linked Administrative Data Resource (LADR) that includes a secure “cold room” designed to house highly restricted sensitive data such as Medicare claims that can address these important research questions concerning healthcare utilization. Linking administrative claims data with epidemiological studies of aging and clinical trials allows researchers to address research questions on healthcare utilization in innovative ways The Administrative Claims Analyses working group is very active with members from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health at Johns Hopkins as well as collaborators from other institutions. Currently researchers working on Medicare datasets linked to the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) project.

Orla Sheehan, MD, PhD

Every 4th Wednesday

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

 

Physical Function and Falls

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This working group convenes all Hopkins investigators involved in research related to falls, and/or physical function/activity measurement (e.g. wearables, accelerometry).  We provide periodic updates of ongoing studies, discuss study methodologies and best practices, and review new research ideas.Yuri Agrawal, MD

Meeting times vary

 

 

 
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Events

COAH Scientific Seminar Series

Pepper Scholars Program Research-in-Progress Meeting

EBA Research-in-Progress Meeting

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