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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.

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).
Additional acknowledgement examples can be found in this document.

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)
  • 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)

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.

Microbiome Research Cluster

Microbiome Research Cluster represents a group of biological and social scientists that approach microbiome studies from a variety of perspectives.

CDHA Postdoctoral Position Available September 1, 2018

The Center for Demography of Health and Aging (CDHA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in the demography of aging and the life course, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Recent PhDs in sociology, economics, population health sciences, epidemiology and public health are invited to apply for this fellowship. Please send curriculum vitae, a short description of a research project to be conducted at the Center, three letters of recommendation, and copies of publications to: James Raymo, Training Director, Center for Demography of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1393 (or inquiries by e-mail to Details about this announcement can be found at



  • 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, December 13
    Framing and Developing Your Research Agenda
    Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Special Events

    August 24-December 7 Every Thursday Afternoon
    Understanding Social and Economic Data: Online Course
    Cisco Telepresence Room in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, UW-Madison
    September 26
    Tracking the Lives of Wisconsin 1957 High School Graduates
    The Discovery Building, UW-Madison
    September 28
    Hilldale Lecture in the Social Sciences
    Wisconsin Idea Room, School of Education, UW-Madison
    October 12
    Annual Colloquium on Aging
    Gordon Dining & Event Center, UW-Madison
    November 28
    Paul Offner Lecture: The Effect of Medicaid Spending, Health, and Well-Being: Evidence and Implications for Reform
    Pyle Center, AT&T Lounge, 702 Langdon Street

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

    CDE DemSem

    Department of Population Health Sciences Monday Seminars

    Global Health Institute

    Institute on Aging

    Microbiomes: People and the Planet Colloquium