UCLA Older Americans Independence Center
                            (Pepper Center)


Introduction and Overview Research Career Development Core
Research Cores Leadership/Administrative Core
:: Analysis/Cost-Effectiveness Core Current Pilot Projects
:: Inflammatory Biology Core
Career Development Awards
:: Recruitment Core Contact the UCLA Pepper Center
:: Research Operations Core Other Pepper Centers
Levels of Support Provided by Research Cores National Institute on Aging
Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core Pilot Research Funding AvailableNEW
Rapid Grants ProgramNEW Research Services Funding ProgramNEW


Introduction and Overview
The UCLA Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is designed to maintain and restore the independence of older persons. The Center’s theme, “Developing Interventions to Maintain Independence and Understanding Mechanisms of Successful Interventions” emphasizes research that builds bridges between basic biomedical science and clinical science.

In the UCLA OAIC paradigm, basic biomedical research informs clinical research and clinical research informs basic biomedical research. Accordingly, the UCLA OAIC supports research that links these two types of research in both directions by 1) examining mechanisms underlying successful clinical interventions and 2) developing new basic science approaches that will lead to clinical interventions.

The Center stimulates scientific discovery through 4 Research Cores, Recruitment, Research Operations, Analysis and Cost-effectiveness, Inflammatory Biology), a Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core, a Research Career Development Core, and a Leadership/Administrative Core.

Research Cores provide 4 levels of support (consultation, short-term, ongoing, and partnership on new projects) for external projects and internal OAIC activities.

The UCLA OAIC specific aims are:

  1. To provide intellectual leadership and innovation for geriatrics and aging research on the Center’s theme and related research
  2. To stimulate translational links between basic and clinical research, with an emphasis on inflammation
  3. To facilitate and develop novel multidisciplinary research
  4. To stimulate incorporation of emerging technologies
  5. To serve as source of advice and collaboration to other institutions
  6. To provide career development of future research leaders

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