The Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIA funded Edward R. Roybal center with a focus on chronic pain. TRIPLL was established in response to the plight of millions of older adults experiencing persistent pain, a costly and frequently disabling disorder in later life. Effective solutions to the problem of later-life pain require moving basic behavioral and social science and medical research findings more rapidly into programs, practices and policies targeting older adults. TRIPLL supports translational research in aging in the NYC area.


To improve the prevention and management of pain in later life, thereby increasing the health and well-being of older adults. This mission is accomplished by working towards the following goals:

  1. To build evidence-based pain prevention, reduction and management practices, treatments and interventions
  2. To extend research-based knowledge into diverse communities and disciplines
  3. To develop and translate research-based methods, tools and strategies  that facilitate successful translation of evidence into practice
  4. To develop and maintain an effective infrastructure for conducting translational research on aging and pain in NYC


TRIPLL represents a collaboration among investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University (Ithaca campus) and the Hebrew Home at Riverdale. TRIPLL also maintains ongoing partnerships with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.


In 2009, The National Institute on Aging funded TRIPLL for 5 years and this funding was renewed in September of 2014. It is one of 12 Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging funded nationwide. The purpose of the Centers is to support research activities that lead to programs, policies or practices that lead to improved health and wellbeing of older Americans. TRIPLL builds on the work of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA,, a Cornell Roybal Center, founded in 1993.