The Center for Life Course Research


The Center for Life Course Research at UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) was created in 2015 to incorporate special populations and all age groups into research. This integrated program is the first of its kind at UC San Diego and provides unique multi-disciplinary opportunities to bring pediatricians, neonatologists, internists, family medicine physicians and geriatrics specialists together to study special populations and life course transitions.

Broadly, life course research investigates the long term effects of social, behavioral and biologic determinants of disease across the life span or across generations. Through the study of biologic pathways by which these determinants operate, both independently and jointly, researchers strive to elucidate the origins and trajectories of disease. Through collaborations across multi-disciplinary teams, clinical researchers seek to bridge developmental transitions throughout the life course, enabling a continuum of care and investigation into biologic plasticity, fetal programming, and critical periods of growth and development. Life course research develops and incorporates methodologies specific to analytical techniques appropriate for modeling repeat observations, hierarchical data, latent exposures, or multiple interactive effects.

Funding and Educational Opportunities in Life Course Research

Pilot Project Grants
Pilot project grants are one-year competitive awards in the categories of Clinical or Translational Research (up to $30,000) and Innovative Technology Research (up to $50,000). Within these categories, the CTRI strongly encourages proposals in the topic area of Life Course Research. Find out more about the Pilot Project program and guidelines for life course research support.

Proposal Development Support for Pilot Projects
In anticipation of the CTRI annual call for pilot project grant submissions in the Fall of 2016, the Center for Life Course Research is offering to review potential project ideas that an applicant wishes to develop for submission.  Although there are no specific earmarked funds for life course research in the pilot project program, this theme is of special interest as a pilot focus. For those who wish to submit a concept idea for review, the Center for Life Course Research will advise applicants on potential relevance of a proposed pilot project concept idea as it relates to life course research. For more information, please contact Christina Chambers.

Seminars and Symposia

The Center recently launched a seminar series to feature talks focusing on life course research.

The first in the series was a half-day symposium, “Cannabis across the Life Course: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know?” on April 13 at the School of Medicine campus, UC San Diego. The symposium drew more than 150 researchers, medical staff and members of the public, and featured speakers on the health risks and benefits of cannabis across the life course. The CTRI Center for Life Course Research co-sponsored the event.

Training and Education

The CTRI supports training and education in life course research through fellowships, courses, and workshops.

TL1 Post-doctoral Fellowship
The CTRI offers mentored funded postdoctoral fellowship training through the TL1 grant mechanism. Candidates seeking experience in the area of life course research are strongly encouraged to apply. These fellowships provide up to two years of support. Additional information about the CTRI TL1 program.

Seminar and Workshop
The Center for Life Course Research hosted a seminar and workshop led by Diana Kuh on October 24-25 at UC San Diego. Professor Kuh is a world renowned expert in life course epidemiology. Event details


Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH Andrea LaCroix, PhD Dilip Jeste, MD

Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH


Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Associate Director


Dilip Jeste, MD
Associate Director
Gretchen Bandoli, PhD Gretchen Bandoli, PhD
Linda McEvoy, PhD
Associate Director
Gretchen Bandoli, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar