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Eileen Crimmins, PhD, AARP Chair of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, capped off an impressive year with her election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the world’s most prestigious honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Building on her momentum, which included being named the winner of the Gerontological Society of America’s Robert W. Kleemeier Award, Crimmins was recognized for her academic and professional excellence as one of the globe’s top biodemographers.

“We are enormously proud of Eileen’s well-deserved honor, which is a testament to her brilliance and unparalleled reputation,” said Pinchas Cohen, MD “Her awe-inspiring career has pushed forward the boundaries of science and human knowledge by leaps and bounds.”

“As an international leader in the demography of human aging, Dr. Crimmins is one of USC’s most distinguished multidisciplinary scientists,” said her colleague, Caleb Finch, PhD “She is fearless in tackling new technologies and is not just one of the pioneers of her field, but one of its most impressive visionaries and leaders.”

An expert on health, mortality and life expectancy, Crimmins is also the director of the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health, director of the Multidisciplinary Training in Gerontology Program and a co-investigator of the Health and Retirement Study in the U.S.

“I am honored by this election,”Crimmins said. “It would not have been possible if I had not spent most of my career in the exciting multidisciplinary atmosphere at the Davis School of Gerontology at USC, a university that showed vision in providing this academic setting.”

The IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was originally chartered under then-president Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Membership reflects the pinnacle of professional achievement and commitment to service for those chosen.

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