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Boston Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

The Boston Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) is a collaboration between The Harvard Medical School, Boston University Medical Center, Tufts University, and the Joslin Diabetes Center. The OAIC aims to bring experts from many different disciplines together to conduct research and to train young scientists in the development of function promoting anabolic therapies for the prevention and treatment of functional limitations and disability among older Americans. The Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research hosts the OAIC Biostatistical Design and Analysis Core (BDAC) and Dr. Travison is its Core Leader. The BDAC provides collaborative support in the design, execution and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiology studies in aging, and provides mentoring and collaborative opportunities for students and junior faculty in quantitative aspects of the study of physical function and impairments in aging. The Boston OAIC is a collaboration with its extensive investigative team (

The VIVE2 Trial

The VIVE2 study is a multisite randomized clinical trial testing the effect of nutritional supplementation in augmenting exercise training-induced changes in physical functioning and body composition in older adults with demonstrated functional limitations who are at risk for mobility disability. VIVE2 is a collaboration with Professors Roger Fielding (Tufts University, Boston), Tommy Cederholm (Uppsala University, Sweden) and Thomas Gustafsson (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)