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Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC)

The Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC) provides the scientific leadership and administrative infrastructure to create a robust environment for aging and geriatrics research in our theme:
To understand and optimize reserve and resilience

The Leadership and Administrative Core promotes the development of early investigators with interests in aging and geriatrics research and ensures the coordination, integration, funding, and translation of research within the Duke OAIC, a mission that supports our ultimate goal of improving the independence of older adults.

AIMS of the Leadership and Administrative Core
  1. To provide overall coordination, integration and administration of the Duke OAIC
  2. To stimulate, assist, monitor and evaluate the progress of the OAIC towards achieving the research and education goals of the Duke OAIC
  3. To assess scientific opportunities for innovative research in our theme with an emphasis on translational and interdisciplinary research
  4. To utilize and develop resources effectively to meet the goals of the Duke Pepper OAIC
Duke Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center Organizational Structure

Kenneth Schmader, MD
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics

Dr Schmader’s primary area of research is herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) and vaccines in older adults. He conducts pre-clinical, epidemiological and intervention studies of zoster and PHN, particularly with the zoster and influenza vaccines. He is involved with other adult vaccine development in older adults. With colleagues in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Schmader investigates other infections in older adults. Another major research focus is adverse drug reactions, medication prescribing and pharmacoepidemiology in the elderly. The objective of this work is to reduce adverse drug reactions, improve inappropriate prescribing and determine drug use patterns in the elderly. In 2018, Dr Schmader received the William B. Abrams Award in Geriatric Clinical Pharmacology from the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Miriam Morey, PhD
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics

Dr Morey’s work focuses on exercise and aging. A number of studies examine how system-wide impairments serve as preclinical indicators of disability and overall decline in the quality of life of older adults. Ongoing studies examine the role of exercise training in attenuation or reversal of functional decline and examination of the effectiveness of different methods of physical activity counseling for home-based exercise. In 2018, Dr Morey was nominated by the Durham VA Healthcare System for the Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Karen Bandeen Roche, PhD Chair, Johns Hopkins Pepper OIAC
George Kuchel, MD University of Connecticut
Neil Alexander, MD Michigan Pepper OAIC