Our Pilot Studies
Stage 0 through Stage 5 research projects which aim to adapt to an increasingly aging society.
Who We Are
The Roybal Resource and Coordinating Center to Accelerate Translational Aging Research provides strategic leadership and coordination to the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging. This Coordinating Center and all the individual Roybal Research Centers are partly or wholly funded by the National Institute on Aging.
The Coordinating Center’s primary focus is to develop support for care providers who work with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and intervention research for behavioral and social sciences of aging. Correspondingly, the Roybal Research Centers are conducting pilot studies in order to produce potent and implementable, principle-driven behavioral interventions that improve the health, well-being, and/or capacity of individuals as they age — critical research as institutions progressively adapt to an aging society.
The Coordinating Center facilitates and coordinates all trans-Roybal activities and therefore serves as a hub for Alzheimer's, aging, and dementia research.
Roybal Methodology: NIH Stage Model
We promote maximally potent, principle-driven behavioral intervention research through the conceptual framework of the NIH Stage Model.
A comprehensive webinar explaining the framework was facilitated by our NIA Program Officer, Lisa Onken, and hosted by the Cornell Roybal Center- Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life.
Edward R. Roybal's Legacy
Edward R. Roybal was a United States congressman in the House of Representatives for thirty years. Roybal’s dedication to public service originated in 1949 when he became the first Latino since 1881 to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. Prior to his thirteen-year term, Roybal advocated for fair representation in the economic, educational, and social welfare of the Hispanic community, and he remained resolved in his purpose for equal rights through policy and social changes. He was an active patron for the underprivileged, the elderly, non-native English speakers, and miscellaneous non-profit organizations. During his tenure as a congressman, Roybal served on the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee, the Post Office Committee, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Veteran’s Affairs Committee, and the House Appropriations Committee, and he underwrote bills and founded programs that benefited marginalized communities including the elderly, Mexican Americans, and veterans. Roybal’s service as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Aging championed legislation that created affordable healthcare programs and housing for senior citizens. Edward Roybal’s commitment to serving his community was unwavering throughout his professional career, and his legacy remains.