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The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was founded in 1999 by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). This award (P30 AG017266) made possible the formal organization of activities that already existed on campus, including data collection as well as substantive and methodological research on aging. Over the years CDHA built a dynamic training and research program that rests on a strong interdisciplinary foundation and easily adapts to new discoveries and developments.

CDHA Research Themes

  • Aging and the life course
  • Determinants of disparities (ethnic, socioeconomic, geographic) of aging trajectories
  • Comparative international studies of population aging
  • Social and economic aspects of aging
  • Biodemography

CDHA's Major Surveys

  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS)
  • Midlife in the United States (MIDUS)
  • National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)
  • Health, Wellbeing and Aging in Latin America and the Caribbean (SABE)
  • The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS)
  • Puerto Rican Elderly Health Conditions (PREHCO)
  • Wisconsin Assets and Income Studies (WAIS)

Initiative on Social Genomics

The Initiative on Social Genomics is one of six successful proposals for Cluster Hires at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our aim is for UW to become home to the largest and most innovative group of researchers pursuing topics in Social Genomics in the world.

Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA)

The Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) contains vital statistics, life tables, and population counts from 19 Latin American countries for 1840 through 2014.

CDHA Postdoctoral Research Associate Available January 1, 2019 or September 1, 2019

The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate with research interests in using advanced demographic and econometric methods to understand the importance of place of birth on later life health and mortality. Details about this position can be found at

Acknowledge CDHA Grant Funding in Papers and Presentations

For those receiving any support from CDHA, including grant submission support, the use of the facilities, graduate training and/or research support funds, please include this support in your publications in the following manner:
This research was supported by the Center for Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Center Grant: P30 AG017266; NIA Training Grant T32 AG00129). Acknowledgement examples can be found in this document.
Your peer-reviewed journal article must be compliant with the federal public access policy. If your journal publisher does not do it for you, you can use UW's BuckySubmit to fulfill public access requirements.



  • Weekly Demography Training Seminar

    CDHA's weekly training seminar on the University of Wisconsin campus provides training and profession development to graduate students in the demography of health and aging.

  • Wednesday, September 19
    Yom Kippur
    No Seminar

  • Special Events

    September 13
    How And What Can We Predict Using Neuroimaging?
    October 1
    Resilience in Brain Aging
    October 9
    Large-scale Genome-Wide Association Studies of Socioeconomic Outcomes
    October 25
    Annual Colloquium on Aging
    November 27
    Dynamics of Health in Later Life and Implications for Mechanisms of Health Disparity
    December 4
    Social and Biological Perspectives on the Role of Employment Policies of the 1930s on Aging
    December 13
    Optimal Deductible Lengths in Health Insurance

  • Other seminars and meetings relating to health and aging at UW-Madison.

    CDE DemSem

    Department of Population Health Sciences Monday Seminars

    Geriatrics Didactic Series

    Global Health Institute

    Institute on Aging