About the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA)

Vicki Freedman, Director; John Bound, Co-Director

The Michigan P30 Center on the Demography of Aging is a joint program of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Funding is provided by the Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) Program of the U.S. National Institute on Aging (P30 AG012846). The goal is to spur new research on the demography of aging and encourage use of major Michigan-based, NIA-funded datasets in the field.

The Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging promotes new research on the demography of aging across four signature themes: health and well-being in later life; aging, genetics, and social science; and the economics of savings and retirement and its links to pre- and post-retirement health. The Center also conducts research on survey methods and measures and promotes the wide use of Michigan's key aging-related data collections, notably the Health and Retirement Study and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. In addition, the Center fosters national and international collaboration through coordination of several research networks, funds pilot projects, distributes research findings by affiliates, and supports a secure statistical enclave for access to restricted aging-related data. The Center provides coordinating support to all NIA Centers and collaborates with the Population Reference Bureau to widely disseminate all Centers' research findings.

The Center is organized by cores:

Administration (Core A) provides administrative and research support to the Director, Co-Director and Core leaders. The core also supports website and database administration.

Program Development (Core B) supports new program development, including pilot projects and support for faculty development.

External Networks (Core C) operates 4 research networks with members around the world. The overarching goal of the networks is to foster national and international collaboration on research in aging.

External Research Resources Support and Dissemination (Core D) supports outreach and dissemination including online tutorials and workshops.

Statistical Data Enclave (Core E) provides HRS, PSID and MiCDA affiliated researchers with secure access to restricted data.