Illustrative Research by MiCDA Affiliates

MiCDA affiliates are at the forefront of developing and analyzing new resources to study life course influences on later life health and wellbeing, including disparities.

  • Martha Bailey (R01AG057704) has created the Longitudinal, Intergenerational Family Electronic Micro-database (LIFE-M), which links millions of vital records to decennial censuses and cause of death over four generations for five states. 
  • Fabian Pfeffer (R01AG050300) is collaborating with the University of Minnesota to link records from the 1940 U.S. Census to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Health and Retirement Study, and National Health and Aging Trends Study.
  • Jersey Liang (R01AG049716) is exploring the dynamic linkages over the life course between health and living arrangements among older Americans.
  • Jessica Faul is collaborating with USC and University of Michigan colleagues to understand how gene-by-environment (GxE) interplay evolves over the life course (RF1AG055654). 
  • Laura Zahodne  is identifying resilience mechanisms underlying racial/ethnic disparities in Alzheimer’s disease (R01AG054520) and studying with colleagues at Columbia University Health Sciences the influence of school quality on racial disparities in Alzheimer’s disease (RF1AG056164).