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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biodemographic Research

Center for Demography of Health and Aging and Center for Demography and Ecology


The CDHA and CDE affiliates form a multidisciplinary and intellectual community, and you may view the lists of our affiliates here. CDHA and CDE offer an intellectually stimulating environment with strong training programs and high-quality resources for affiliates of both centers. CDHA and CDE affiliates are dedicated and productive researchers, and you may view their biodemographic publications by clicking on the links below (categorized by areas of interest):

Sponsored by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) and the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE), this page provides information about biodemographic research conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These research studies are the following:

Links to the documentation and data resources 

BOSS∗                                                                                                                                                             BOSS allows researchers to evaluate genetic and environmental factors on health (sensory impairments and some aspects of cardiovascular disease). the study collects data from the offspring of participants of Beaver Dam Eye Study and Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study.


MIDUS data focus on behavioral, psychological, and social factors associated with health as one ages. MIDUS data collection is an interdisciplinary collaboration that offers unprecedented psychological constructs.


WLS is the first large scale longitudinal study of the U.S. adolescents, following a cohort of 1957 high school graduates. WLS offers a valuable opportunity for researchers to examine the life course of this cohort of adolescents into their elderly years.


WRAP is an observational longitudinal cohort study that follows adult children of parents who have Alzheimer’s disease and collects data on individuals’ characteristics and habits, aiming to understand factors that increase an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.


SHOW is a public health survey based in the state of Wisconsin. SHOW aims to measure critical health conditions in the state and is designed to conduct annually as a longitudinal study. SHOW is definitely one of its kind that is community-driven aiming to help the health of Wisconsin residents.

∗Please contact the study for access to data