Promoting informed decision-making and actions for the best health and well-being.


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Pepper Center Rounds

Join us on November 18th as Dr. Louisa Thompson, PhD presents "Developing novel cognitive assessment approaches for the early detection of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) in primary care settings"


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Pepper Scholar 2022 Cohort

Congratulations to Minjee Kim, MD, Allison Pack, PhD MPH, Prakash Jayabalan, MD, Kelly Jarvis, PhD, Carol Emi Bretschneider, MD and Daniel Rees Lewis, PhD, the 2022 Cohort of Northwestern Pepper Scholars!

Congratulations to our first Northwestern Pepper Center Fellow, Anna Liggett, MD! 

Our Mission

The Center for Applied Health Research on Aging (CAHRA), a member center of Northwestern's Institute for Public Health and Medicine, is committed to promoting informed decision-making and actions leading to optimal health and well-being among individuals and families over the life span.

Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, MA, Director, Center for Applied Research on Aging

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Our Research

CAHRA unites faculty across clinical disciplines and from cognitive, behavioral, social and public health sciences toward a common focus on: (1) Investigations of cognitive, psychosocial, community and health system factors that affect a person’s ability to manage health, and (2) The design, pragmatic evaluation and dissemination of effective, equitable, scalable healthcare and public health interventions seeking to influence health-related behaviors and outcomes

Our center includes six key research programs and has a current portfolio of 18 active projects. Read more about our work here:

Research Programs       Active Projects

Your support takes our research further.