Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is one of 13 National Institute on Aging funded Edward R. Roybal Centers across the country. The focus of TRIPLL is chronic pain.

Principal Investigator & Director

M. Carrington Reid, Weill Cornell

Co-principal investigators and Co-Directors

Karl Pillemer & Elaine Wethington

Project Website

TRIPLL was established in response to the prevalence of chronic pain among older adults (over 35 million), a costly and frequently disabling disorder in later life. TRIPLL is an academic-community collaboration among investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc. TRIPLL is also allied with the Weill Clinical and Translational Science Center (an NIH-funded CTSA) and the Weill Center for Research Excellence in Health Disparities.

Effective solutions to the problem of later-life pain require translating basic behavioral, social science and medical research findings more rapidly into programs, practices and policies targeting older adults. TRIPLL supports research on chronic pain in the New York City area and in Ithaca.

TRIPLL’s mission is 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 toward the following goals:

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