CDEHA pilot awards are not only investments in aging research, but also mechanisms to produce important long-term results for the field. Pilot project grants are intended to stimulate interest in aging research and to enable investigators to turn nascent ideas into fully developed research programs appropriate for long-term, traditional NIH funding mechanisms. Moreover, the Center encourages projects that involve interdisciplinary collaboration. Pilot investigators apply the perspectives of population studies, psychology, economics, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines. CDEHA pilot project funding has contributed to the growth of the number of individuals and disciplines involved in aging research at Stanford University.
Several projects have explored determinants of population health and health care utilization. Some previous topics of study include the effects of obesity, physical activity, air pollution, social isolation, and infrastructure for water and sewerage. See projects>>>
Many CDEHA projects have examined demographic change around the globe. In tandem with CDEHA's International Network, pilot investigators are also working to adapt the Future Elderly Model (a demographic and population health simulation model) for use in studying the aging populations of countries such as Japan and Taiwan. See projects>>>