Restoring Independence Through Scientific Knowledge

Our Mission is to assess the risk factors of physical disability in older adults, develop and test effective prevention therapies, and train new investigators in research on aging disability, while developing their leadership qualities. The Pepper Center encompasses several studies into one area of ongoing collective research. Although each study has an individual focus, the universal investigation of the Pepper Center is to determine the outcome of physical activity and its influence on the human condition.

Specimen Databank & Repository

Pepper Study Registry (PSR)

The overall goal of the Pepper Study Registry (PSR) is to guarantee the proper collection, transfer, and central storage of biological tissue (e.g., blood, skeletal muscle, adipose tissue, cartilage and DNA) to be used for conducting future ancillary studies by investigators with an interest in aging-related research.



NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.