The USC|UCLA CBPH
Social Genomics - Gene Expression Workshop
September 12-13, 2022
This workshop will help social and behavioral scientists incorporate RNA profiling and transcriptomic analyses into studies of social and psychological determinants of health. The conceptual focus is on environmental regulation of gene expression. Topics include general conceptual approaches, research design and strategy, pragmatics of tissue sampling and sample processing, transcriptome profiling assays, low-level analysis of differential gene expression, and bioinformatic analyses of cellular and transcription factor mechanisms. The workshop will include a day-long interactive clinic in which attendees begin implementing these approaches in their own research programs.
Contextual Data Resource
The USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (CBPH) is a multisite center located at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California and the Program in Geriatric Medicine in the School of Medicine of the University of California at Los Angeles. It is one of 14 centers in the Demography and Economics of Aging Centers Program sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).
The primary purpose of the CBPH is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines to understand population health. The Center takes a multidisciplinary approach by linking demographers, biologists, economists, psychologists, epidemiologists, health policy specialists, medical researchers and clinical geriatricians. This integration of biological, epidemiologic and medical risk information which characterizes Center research is fundamental to understanding and projecting demographic trends and differences in population health.
What we aim to do
To support pilot projects and on-going bio-demographic research that integrate epidemiological, medical, and biological information with the demographic perspective on population health.
To train students in research methods and host workshops related to the biodemography of aging.
To develop models of population health outcomes that will clarify the effects of changes in risk factors and interventions on population health.
To disseminate results of Center work and integrate work from a network of related researchers and policy makers.
What our research can help us better understand
The effects of social, behavioral, biological, and medical factors on population health outcomes.
The causes of observed racial, socioeconomic, and gender differences in population health in later life.
The interdependence of health outcomes including chronic diseases, functioning changes, disability and mortality.
Potential changes in the future rates of disease and functioning problems in the aging population.
USC Training Grant in Gerontology
The Multidisciplinary Research Training in Gerontology Program supports predoctoral and postdoctoral students whose research focus is on factors influencing human physical and mental health and aging. The aim of this program is to support the next generation of scientists working on aspects of aging.