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 and Translational Research (up to $30,000) and Life Course Research (up to $50,000). Find out more about the Pilot Project program and guidelines for life course research support.

Proposal Development Support for Pilot Projects
This year, ACTRI began offering Life Course Research as a category in the Pilot Project Program. Prior to submission, the Center for Life Course Research offers reviews and advice 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.

UCSD Biospecimen Library 

There are biospecimens in Rady and UCSD biorepositories that were collected in a manner which allows them to be used in future research. With the PI permission, we have created a biospecimen library, where catalogued information about the sample type, associated clinical data, parameters for future use, and PI contact information is maintained. The library will be updated to include additional resources as they become available. Investigators interested in adding banked biospecimens to the library should contact Gretchen Bandoli.

Click here to view the Biospecimen Library

Upcoming Events of Interest to Life Course Researchers

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Seminar: Life Course Research–FMPH 291

This course examines life course research for health sciences. Emphasis will be placed on methodologies employed to estimate cumulative effects from earlier life exposures and biologic pathways to describe risks on health and disease across the life course. This course will be offered in the Winter quarter and is open to graduate level students at UC San Diego, CREST, and San Diego State University. Undergraduate degree is required. Successful completion of an introductory statistics or biostatistics is encouraged. Background courses in Life Sciences (biology, natural science, etc.) are also encouraged.


Andrea LaCroix, PhD

Andrea LaCroix, PhD
Associate Director

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD

Linda McEvoy, PhD
Associate Director

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD
Associate Director