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Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Training Program
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Announcement: The EBA Training Program is currently seeking postdoctoral fellows. Please click here for more information.


COAH and EBA Faculty, Fellows, and Alumni at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 2019

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 (2020-2021)
Patrick Donahue (Predoctoral Trainee in Mental Health)
Lacey Etzkorn (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Danielle Feger (Predoctoral Trainee in Epidemiology)
Elizabeth Linton (Predoctoral Trainee in Epidemiology)
Carly Lupton-Smith (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Emma Nichols (Predoctoral Trainee in Epidemiology)
Safiyyah Okoye (Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Policy & Management)
Grant Schumock (Predoctoral Trainee in Biostatistics)
Emily Smail (Predoctoral Trainee in Mental Health)

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.

Seeking postdoctoral fellows! We are currently seeking postdoctoral fellows for forthcoming support.

  • We have two available postdoctoral openings: 1 in the current 2020-21 academic year, and 1 in the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • Applicants who would like to be considered for the immediate opening during this 2020-2021 academic year should submit their applications by December 15, 2020.
  • Those who are interested in the position in the 2021-2022 academic year are welcome to submit by this date as well; the final deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 slot is January 15, 2021.
  • Please click here for full application details.

Please contact contact Brian Buta, with any questions regarding training and fellowship opportunities in the EBA program.

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 (2020-2021).

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