The number of senior citizens is expected to almost double and will represent more than 20 percent of the U.S. population by the year 2050. This unprecedented growth in the elderly population presents our society with the unparalleled challenge of meeting the increased health care needs of our elderly. To meet this 21st Century challenge, discoveries in the treatments and interventions related to the aging process need to be translated from the bench to the bedside to provide state of the art healthcare to our citizens, promoting good health later in life.
The goals for the Center for Healthy Aging are to:
- Be a Center of Excellence for integrated interdisciplinary geriatric care, translational and clinical research, and geriatrics and gerontology education.
- Be a world leader in testing new drugs that impact the biological process of aging. Our intent is to traverse the spectrum of drug development from pre-clinical studies to human investigations.
- Provide an environment that promotes excellence and innovation in aging research, education, and clinical care.
- Empower faculty to be creative and engage in innovative interdisciplinary research.
- Train future generations of geriatricians and investigators to become leaders in the areas of research, education, and clinical care.