Laboratory/Basic Science Research
Peggy Cawthon, PhD, MPH
Using large-cohort studies to understand age-related physical decline
Dr. Cawthon’s research on sarcopenia and age-related physical decline showed that tests of muscle strength and walking speed can help predict disability in older adults. Using data from several ongoing large-cohort studies, she and colleagues at the San Francisco Coordinating Center (SFCC) study bone loss in older men; the association between vitamin D and mortality; risk factors for osteoporotic fractures in older women and men; and predictors of frailty in the elderly.
As part of her role at the SFCC, Dr. Cawthon co-leads multi-center observational studies, including the Study of Osteoporosis in Men (MrOS) and the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) in women, and has analyzed data from the Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) and Framingham studies.
Dr. Cawthon received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley.
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