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Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health

Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging Training Program

Principal Investigator: Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD
This training program is funded by the National Institute on Aging (T32AG000247)

EBA fellowship

Are you prepared to combine your quantitative expertise with immersion and dedication in the science of aging to become a leader in multidisciplinary healthy aging research?
The Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging training program prepares pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellows in the methodology and conduct of significant clinical- and population-based research in older adults.  This 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 sophisticated, complex, and well-crafted opportunity aims to:
  • Train pre-and post-doctoral fellows by providing a structured program consisting of: course work, seminars and working groups, practica, directed multidisciplinary collaborative experience through a training program research project, and directed research
  • Ensure hands-on participation in multidisciplinary research bringing trainees together with infrastructure, mentors, and resources, thus developing essentials skills and experience for launching their research careers
  • Provide in-depth knowledge in established areas of concentration, including: the epidemiology and course of late-life disability, the epidemiology of chronic disease common to older persons, cognition, social epidemiology, the molecular, epidemiological and statistical genetics of aging, measurement and analysis of complex gerontological outcomes (e.g. frailty), and analysis of longitudinal and survival data
  • Expand the areas of emphasis to which trainees are exposed by developing new training opportunities in: clinical trials, causal inference, screening and prevention, and frailty and the integration of longitudinal physiologic investigation into epidemiology
  • 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

Trainees emerge from the program with a deep understanding of and appreciation for, the public health and scientific issues in human aging, having benefited from mentors who have demonstrated effective, innovative collaboration across disciplines, which is essential to high quality research on aging.  Here are our program leaders:

  • 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, Ph.D., Associate Director
  • Qian-Li Xue, PhD, Associate Director
  • Sevil Yasar, MD, PhD, Associate Director

Program Trainees
Since the program began in 1996, we have supported scores of trainees who have become leaders in research on aging and health.  Please click here for more information about our current and previously supported trainees.

Trainee Testimonial

EBA-Trainee-Testimonial_Varadhan.jpg"The program promoted strong interactions between epidemiologists, sociologists, psychologists, geriatricians, and statisticians, all working on problems of aging.  Scientists representing these diverse disciplines were all literally sitting at the same table.... This instilled in me a holistic way of looking at aging problems."

 Dr. Ravi Varadhan
 EBA Training Program Alumnus
 Associate Professor
 Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Application Instructions & Contact Information
The EBA Training Program supports 8 doctoral fellows and 2 postdoctoral fellows each year. We are not currently accepting applications for support but inquiries are always welcome.  To find out more about the training program, please contact our program administrator, Brian Buta, MHS, at or 410-502-3412.

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