PHILADELPHIA - The new PENN CMU (Carnegie Mellon University) Roybal Center on Behavioral Economics and Health, part of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Health Incentives at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, has been given $1,841,184 over 5 years by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The PENN CMU Roybal Center, which opened in September 2009, is designed to research ways to translate behavior economic approaches to improve health-promoting behaviors and health care delivery in older adults.  Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD, associate professor of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Incentives, leads the new center with assistance from Co-Principal Investigator George Loewenstein, PhD, professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University and director of Behavioral Economics at the Center for Health Incentives. 

The NIA announced that it will be renewing funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging and designated four new centers. The goal of the Roybal Centers is to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and help society adapt to an aging population.

For more information about the award, see the NIA news release at


Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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