Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center

Leadership Administrative Core (LAC)

The Leadership Administrative Core (LAC) is responsible for the organizational, communication and regulatory functions of the Pittsburgh Pepper Center. Over the last 5 years the LAC has supported over 400 manuscripts associated with the Pepper and helped champion the successful acquisition of over 40 newly funded external grants.

The LAC has fostered and coordinated the research efforts of over 80 Pepper investigators from multiple venues including the School of Medicine, Public Health, Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Neurology, Informatics and Community Health. The LAC insures that the cores and core leaders of the Research Career Development KL2, Clinical and Population Outcomes, Integrative Systems, Data Management, Analysis and Informatics, and Pilot/Exploratory Studies cores coordinate and collaborate with each other.

The LAC receives valuable input and direction from 4 advisory groups including 1) the External Advisory Committee (national experts), 2) the Institutional Advisory Board (multidisciplinary group of experts on aging from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC), 3) the Community Advisory Board (members from local health care agencies, IRB, local media, the registry and local leaders) and 4) the RCDC Advisory Committee (internal and external experts). These complementary advisory boards provide advice and insight to the Executive Committee of the Pittsburgh Pepper that is composed of the leaders and co-leaders of our cores.


Susan Greenspan, MD, Leader of LAC and PI of the Pepper Center.

Trained at Harvard Medical School, she is fellowship trained and board certified in Geriatrics and Endocrinology and Metabolism. She is Professor of Medicine with Tenure and Professor of Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Associate Director of Clinical Research for the UPMC Aging Institute, Director of the Osteoporosis Center at UPMC and Director of Bone Health at Magee Women’s Hospital. For the past 20 years, she has continuously served as principal investigator and co-investigator on grants related to fractures, osteoporosis, and falls with a major focus on frail residents in long term care. For 10 years she has held a K24 mentoring award focused on osteoporosis, falls and fractures. Dr. Greenspan has demonstrated leadership at the departmental, institutional and national levels. As a leader, she has shown initiative, creativity, capacity for planning and organization, ability to inspire others, skill at building teams, and effective relationship-building within and beyond academic institutions. She served as core leader of the Pittsburgh RCDC since its inception in 2004 and has been the PI of the Pittsburgh Pepper since 2013. She is the PI of the T32 for Geriatrics and Gerontology and currently a member of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors and the NIA Clinical Trials Advisory Panel.

Anne B. Newman, MD, is the Co-Leader of the LAC and co-PI of the Pepper Center.

Trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, she has MPH in Epidemiology that she obtained during her Geriatric Medicine fellowship. She is currently Professor and Chair of Epidemiology with a joint appointment in Geriatric Medicine. She has extensive experience in the conduct and analysis of observational cohort studies and clinical trials in older adults, serving as Co-PI of the Cardiovascular Health Study since 1988, PI of the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study (Health ABC) since 1996, and has been continuously funded on these and other studies for 20 years. Dr. Newman founded and directs the Center for Aging and Population Health in Epidemiology, including the scientific and training programs that will be included in the RCDC KL2 program. She has served on several NIH scientific advisory panels and review panels including, monitoring boards for both clinical trials and epidemiologic studies. She currently serves on another Pepper Center’s external advisory panel.

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Pepper Structure

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Program Evaluation

In an effort to continuously improve, we have implemented a Pepper Center wide program evaluation, with a particular emphasis on evaluating the success of the RCDC trainees Dr. Doris Rubio is leading the evaluation. She also leads the evaluation of the CTSI and the ICRE.

We now have:

  • A trainee portal for all of our trainees and scholars where we track their career progress.
  • Individualized Development Plans (IDP) for all of our trainees and scholars where they establish goals and objectives and assess their career progress.
  • Online tracking system for pilot submissions and awardees.
  • Mechanisms to solicit input from our key stakeholders, such as our community advisory board, external advisory board, leadership, and trainees.
  • Regular evaluation of our training and seminars.

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