The Center for Life Course Research


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The Center for Life Course Research at UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) 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 ACTRI 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 ACTRI 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.

TL1 Post-doctoral Fellowship
The ACTRI 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 ACTRI TL1 program.

Seminars and Symposia

View Previous Life Course Seminars, Symposia, Training and Workshops

Cohorts for Life Course Research

There are many data resources that have collected longitudinal measures throughout sensitive periods of growth and development applicable to life course research. In the Cohorts listings, resources are open (through mechanisms noted) to public collaboration and highlight a variety of research areas.

Click here to view the Cohorts listings.

Upcoming Events of Interest to Life Course Researchers

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2017 Conference
October 15-18, 2017
Rotterdam, The Netherlands


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