TRIPLL researchers can study firsthand how race, class, cultural differences, and other factors influence chronic pain.
Elaine Wethington, TRIPLL co-principal investigator and professor of human development and sociology, called New York City the "ideal living laboratory" for treating persistent pain in the elderly.
In a pilot study funded by TRIPLL, Corinna Loeckenhoff, assistant professor of human development, is applying theories from behavioral economics to understand how seniors view their options for pain management.
The pilot studies program, which seeds innovative research projects by young investigators, is a key component of TRIPLL.
Like other aspects of TRIPLL, the pilot programs have a strong base in the community.