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Research

The University of Michigan Geriatrics Center is committed to developing initiatives in geriatrics research and training to advance the state of knowledge regarding the medical problems of the older adult. Our research programs are designed to complement the multidisciplinary approaches to clinical care and education that are characteristic of the field of geriatrics. Nearly 250 faculty from throughout the Medical School and the University participate in aging research totaling more than $79 million in NIH research support annually.

The research arm of the Geriatrics Center, the Institute of Gerontology, is home to a world-class faculty whose research interests range from the social and economic to the molecular and biological changes that occur in an aging population. While diverse in their own disciplines, faculty are committed to pursuing interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary research projects that look at the changes of aging from all aspects.

Research currently underway can be grouped into several broad areas of interest. Biological - focusing on the biochemical processes and their relationship to aging; clinical - focusing on a diverse research agenda on the interplay between aging and disease; interdisciplinary - addressing how the biomedical and social sciences and the humanities can interact with one another in research public policy; methodology - statisticians and methodologists innovating approaches to enhance statistical analyses; and social – focusing on the social, economic, and health care delivery issues of an aging population.