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Ageing Research Centre

New South Wales Health Department

Randwick / NSW Australia The centre aims to research, develop and promote clinical and community understanding of the neurodegenerative diseases associated with population ageing, and their impact on the delivery of health care, community services and residential care.

Research topics:

  • Aboriginal health, ageing, dementia
  • Epidemiology
  • Community health
  • Health services
  • Disability
  • Carer support
  • Social, environmental, and biological factors responsible for systemic ageing and brain ageing
  • Neurodegenerative disorders - dementia, movement disorders, multifactorial syndromes of ageing
  • Population ageing - geographic information systems analysis
Age Institute Helsinki Finland The Age Institute studies the everyday lives of older adults, develops services for older people, produces new innovations for older adults and their families, disseminates information about the results of new studies, offers training to professionals, and participates in current discussion on age related issues, values and attitudes.

Research topics:

  • Physical exercise, functional capacity, and health
  • Encounter, inclusion, and mental well-being
Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh / PA USA The institute promotes innovative research on ageing to understand its causes and concomitants, both social, and biological, as well as how best to intervene in illnesses associated with the ageing process. Furthermore, the Aging Institute provides access to services for aged persons and the public. Educational programs for the public and health care professionals are offered. formerly known as University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging (UPIA)
Aging Research Center (ARC)

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University

Stockholm Sweden The primary goals of the ARC are to carry out and support high-quality ageing research, advance multidisciplinary efforts in ageing research, offer a high-quality educational program, foster collaborations, develop cross-links between available data-sets, and direct the knowledge into interventions. ARC carries out epidemiological studies on different health related aspects of brain aging and the elderly.

Research topics:

  • Risk factors of Alzheimer‘s disease and dementia
  • Multimorbidity and physical functioning
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Brain imaging
  • Gender differences in brain and cognition
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Socio-economic differences in health and ageing
  • Health economy
Alberta Centre on Aging

University of Alberta

Edmonton Canada It is an interdisciplinary research and network centre dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research into ageing. The mission is to promote cutting-edge research, education, and service in ageing, through interdisciplinary collaboration and through partnerships with stakeholders. The Centre‘s focus is on the promotion of best outcomes for older people, to engage the community and to link researchers.
Alzheimer‘s and Aging Research Center Port St. Lucie / FL USA The research centre supports biomedical research directed towards further increasing our understanding of the ageing process, allowing seniors to live ever fuller and more enjoyable lives. The research focuses on Alzheimer´s disease and other ageing-related diseases, especially on finding treatments for these diseases. The Center provides information to the scientific community and the public and supports education and training.

Research topics:

  • Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
Alzheimer‘s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center Silver Spring / MD USA The ADEAR Center distributes information about Alzheimer‘s disease to health professionals, patients and their families, and the public. Founded by the National Institute on Aging
Alzheimer‘s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh / PA USA The ADRC is specialed in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders. The aim of the Center is to study the pathophysiology of Alzheimer´s disease to improve the reliability of diagnosis and to develop effective treatment strategies.
Alzheimer‘s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

School of Medicine, Emory University

Atlanta / GA USA The centre provides outstanding clinical, research, and educational programs on memory loss, mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.
ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) Sydney / NSW Australia CEPAR‘s mission is to produce research of the highest quality to transform thinking about population ageing, inform product and service development and provision (private practice) and public policy, and improve people‘s wellbeing throughout their lives.
Arizona Center of Aging (ACOA)

University of Arizona

Tucson / AZ USA The mission of the centre is to promote healthy and functional lives for older adults through comprehensive programs in research, education and training, and clinical care.
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

Aston University

Birmingham UK The ARCHA aims to understand, predict, prevent and intervene with scientific research to facilitate healthy ageing, with a specific focus on the eye, the mind, the metabolism and healing in the context of the psychological, social and policy contexts of ageing lives.

Research topics:

  • Ageing eye
  • Ageing mind
  • Ageing metabolism
  • Medicine and devices in Ageing
  • Ageing lives
Australian Institute for Population Ageing Research (AIPAR)

University of New South Wales

Sydney Australia The institute is an umbrella for research initiatives focused on demographic transition. One current initiative is the production of a regular Longevity Index, which aims to emphasise the importance of longevity risk and insurance.
Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

UT Health Science Center, University of Texas

San Antonio / TX USA The Barshop Institute will enhance the quality of gerontological research and clinical application with the ultimate goal of bringing good health and enhanced quality of life to our ageing population.

Research topics:

  • Regenerative medicine and stem cells
  • Comparative biology of ageing
  • Ageing and cancer
  • Ageing-related neurodegeneration
Baycrest Research Centre for Aging and the Brain Toronto Canada Baycrest is a leader in cognitive neuroscience and memory research, with the goal of transforming the journey of ageing. The Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit (KLAERU) are parts of Baycrest. The primary research focus of the RRI is on memory and the executive (frontal lobe) functions of the brain, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions which affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer‘s disease and other dementias. KLAERU provides resources and expertise to support clinical, evaluative, and translational research at Baycrest. At KLAERU, the development and implementation of innovative wellness, prevention, education and care projects is supported across Baycrest.

Research topics:

  • memory and ageing
  • neuroscience of cognition and ageing
Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging New York / NY USA The Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging improves the lives of older adults through research, policy, and professional development.
Brunel Institute for Ageing Studies (BIAS)

Brunel University London

London UK The purpose of BIAS is to conduct interdisciplinary research in gerontology to improving the quality of life and health of older people.
Buck Institute for Research on Aging Novato / CA USA The institute focuses on understanding the connection between ageing and chronic disease. The mission is to increase the healthy years of life.

Research topics:

  • the aging process
  • the development of age-related diseases
  • the potential use of stem cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases and arthritis
caesar - center of advanced european studies and research

Max Planck Society

Bonn Germany caesar is doing research in the field of neurosciences, cell biology, and biophysics, with special focus on signal processing in cells (neurons).

Research topics:

  • Photonic
  • Molecular biology
  • Microtechnology
  • kinetic, microscopic, and spectroscopic methods to study and control cellular activity
formerly known as Chemical Biology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging (From Research to Action) CCAA London Canada The CCAA specializes in carrying out research on physical activity and aging, and based on the evidence, designing and implementing exercise programs that are safe and age-appropriate.
Center for Aging & Community (CAC)

University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis / IN USA The University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community (CAC) is one of Indiana‘s leading centers for Aging Studies, using an interdisciplinary approach to developing partnerships between higher education, business organizations and the community.
Center for Aging Research

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice

Hanover /NH USA The focus of the centre is on health services research aimed at improving health and health care for older Americans. It will create a bridge between research, education, and clinical programs.
Center for Aging Research (IU-CAR)

Indiana University

Indianapolis / IN USA The mission of the centre is to test innovative strategies to improve the quality of healthcare and self-care for older adults.

Research topics:

  • Aging brain - research on late life depression, dementia, and delirium
  • Gero-informatics - research on the use of information technology
  • Health promotion - research on self-care, lifestyle, and prevention
Center for Healthy Aging

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Washington / DC USA The centre promotes and assists healthy aging programs that deal with the following health topics:
  • Chronic disease
  • Disabilities
  • Fall prevention
  • Health promotion (general)
  • Medication management
  • Mental health / substance abuse
  • Nutrition and physical activity
Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA)

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark The CEHA is focused on aging research for the advance of better health and reduced frailty. The center involves five research programs:
  • Molecular Aging and Neurobiology
  • Skeletal Muscle Metabolism
  • Body and Life
  • Society and Culture
  • Health Promotion and Innovation
Center for Healthy Aging Research

College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Oregon State University

Corvallis / OR USA The centre aims at studying optimal aging across the lifespan.

Research topics:

  • Diet, genes, and aging
  • Bone health, exercise, and function in aging
  • Psychosocial factors and optimal aging
  • Social and ethical issues in technologies for healthy aging
Center for Neural Development and Disease

University of Rochester Medical Center

Rochester / NY USA The centre explores a variety of issues relevant to neural development and disease. The focus is on the brain in health and disease.

Research topics:

  • Neural mechanisms in simple model organisms
  • Protection against of neural insults (HIV infection, stroke, neurodegeneration)
  • Mechanisms and treatment of neuromuscular and neoplastic disorders
  • Recovery after traumatic brain injury
Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA)

Duke University

Durham / NC USA The centre facilitates research and training at Duke on topics related to population health and ageing. Part of the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI)
Center for Research and Education in Aging (CREA)

University of California

Berkeley / CA USA CREA investigates the basic processes that cause ageing, with the goal of improving and extending human health span.

Research topics:

  • systems biology
  • brain imaging
  • neuroendocrine changes in the hypothalamus
  • creation of bioinformatic systems to study the ageing process
  • hormonal changes and ageing
Center for Research on Aging

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Baltimore / MD USA The centre develops and implements collaborative research and training in the critical areas of ageing research and geriatric medicine.

Research topics:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Obesity, Diabetes, and Nutrition
  • Diseases e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis
  • Health Services and Quality of Life
  • Free Radicals, Oxidative Stress
Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity

College of Education & Human Development, Texas A&M University

College Station / TX USA The Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity is engaged in ongoing translational research on nutrition, exercise, and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of the aging population. These diseases include cancer, heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF). Translation of knowledge from basic and applied sciences to care and clinical practice for older adults is the overall goal.
Center for Vital Longevity

University of Texas

Dallas / TX USA Scientists at the Center for Vital Longevity are engaged in a variety of research studies aimed at understanding memory, cognitive aging, and Alzheimer’s disease. The Center is dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the aging mind and the maintenance of cognitive health for life.

Research topics:

  • Neuronal and cognitive aging across the entire adult lifespan
  • Functional Neuroimaging of Memory
  • Aging mind health
  • Memory Training and Cognition
Center on Aging (COA)

University of Iowa

Iowa City / IA USA This interdisciplinary centre serves as a state and university-wide resource to address the needs of older Iowans. The mission of the COA is to foster and enhance interdisciplinary research, eduction, and service efforts dedicated to understanding the ageing process and imporving the health and well being of older people.
Center on Aging

University of Maine

Bangor / ME USA The mission of the centre is to promote and facilitate activities on ageing in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service to maximize the quality of life of older citizens and their families.
Center on Aging

University of Utah

Salt Lake City / UT USA The centre unites aging-related research, education, and clinical programs at the University of Utah, thus it synergizes the growth and progress of interdisciplinary research to help people live longer and more fulfilling lifes.
Center on Demography and Economics of Aging (CoA)

NORC and University of Chicago

Chicago / IL USA The centre provides research support services and encourage the development of new research projects and research foci in the demography and economics of ageing.

Research topics:

  • Social relationships, living arrangements, and family
  • The social context of aging
  • Health care research
  • Biobehavioral pathways
Centre for Active Management of Lifelong Ageing (CAMLA)

Graduate Entry Medical School, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick

Limerick Ireland CAMLA supports and fosters research within the ageing research community locally, nationally and internationally. The centre provides advice and support to researchers with an interest in Lifelong Ageing.
Centre for Ageing and Mental Health (CAMH)

University Staffordshire

Stafford UK The mission of the centre is to provide research, consultancy and education, promoting innovation in health and social care services for older people.

Research topics:

  • Darzi dementia care pathway development
  • Dementia care
  • Older prisoners and mental health
  • End of life care
  • Memory clinic services
  • Suicide and older people
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Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies (CAPS) Barton Australia The centre provides scholarships for ageing and pastoral studies. Quality of life issues for older people, including living with dementia, are subjects for research and education.
Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments (CASE)

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University

Lund Sweden The centre is focused on person-environment relations influencing functional capacity, activity, participation, mobility, safety, and health in the ageing person and population.
Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR)

Faculty of Health & Medicine, Lancaster University

Lancashire UK The centre conducts high quality interdisciplinary research and promotes research-led teaching around ageing, older people, and age-related disease.

Research topics:

  • Neuro-generative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Molecular changes associated with the ageing process
  • Pathological developments
  • Design and development of new technologies to support and enhance the health and wellbeing of older people and their care-givers
Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) Belfast Ireland CARDI will advance the ageing research agenda by identifying, coordinating, stimulating, and communicating strategic research on ageing and older people as a means to improve the lives of older people in Ireland. It funds, publishes, and disseminates research on topics relating to ageing and older people. It houses a database of Irish researchers and research centres, their interests, and present research projects.
Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (CCACE)

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh UK The mission is to elucidate the routes to the vulnerable ageing brain, and provide information to prevent or ameliorate cognitive disability and its negative consequences for health and wellbeing; determine the mechanisms by which lower cognitive ability through the lifecourse renders the body vulnerable to ill health and impaired wellbeing; and to provide an outstanding environment for interdisciplinary research training.

Research topics:

  • Cognitive epidemiology
  • Cognitive ageing: individual differences
  • Cognitive ageing: human cognitive neuroscience
  • Mechanisms of cognitive ageing
  • Human and animal brain imaging
  • Genetics and statistics of brain ageing
Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing Melbourne Australia The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing is a Victorian based organisation that primarily supports the aged care sector address the needs of elderly people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The Centre provides training, consultancy and resources to the aged care sector and also support culturally and linguistically diverse communities to better understand the aged care services available in Australia.
Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA)

Concord Repatriation General Hospital, University of Sydney

Concord Australia CERA aims to expand and share knowledge of human ageing, so that the health and quality of life of older people can be imporved. The main purposes are promoting healthy ageing, minimising the impact of disease and disability, and improving the quality of life of the older population.
Centre for Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (ZGGF)

Medical School, University of Freiburg

Freiburg Germany The ZGGF is a centre of excellence for the diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders. It provides diagnostic services and takes part in research of dementia.

Research topics:

  • Image analysis of the disordered brain
  • Molecular analysis of Alzheimer‘s Disease
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Posterior cortical atrophy
  • Speech processing problems related to Alzheimer‘s Disease
  • stress-induced functional concentration and memory impairment
  • Vascular dementias, subcortical arteriosclerotic encephalopathy (SAE, Binswanger‘s disease)
  • Evaluation of dementia therapies
Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA)

Swansea University

Swansea UK The CIA provides a centre of excellence for research and training in the study of ageing. It initiates, coordinates, and supports ageing research and fosters collaboration between researchers. In addition, it fosters collaboration between business and academia, with the intention of multiplying the benefits of public and private investment in knowledge.

Research topics:

  • Civic and social engagement and participation of older people (e.g.: intergenerational relationships, social and support networks)
  • Environments of ageing (e.g.: natural and built physical space, functional design)
  • Care provision for older people (e.g.: social care, health care, residential care)
  • Chronic conditions, falls and prevention in old age (e.g.: falls, stroke, cancer, dementia)
Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA)

University of Liverppool

University of Sheffield

Newcastle University

Liverpool UK CIMA aims to understand why our bone, joints and muscles function less well as we age, and why older people develop clinical diseases of these musculoskeletal tissues, such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

Research topics:

  • Skeletal muscle, bone, cartilage and tendon biology
  • Ageing research
  • Nutrition and exercise interventions
  • Clinical excellence in musculoskeletal disorders
Centre for Integrated Systems Biology of Ageing and Nutrition (CISBAN)

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne UK The aim of CISBAN is to advance understanding of the complex mechanisms underpinning the ageing process and of how ageing is affected by nutrition using a systems biology approach.

Research topics:

  • Cell senescence
  • Dietary restriction
  • Modelling
  • Software development (e.g.: Saint, SyMBA)
  • Other projects (e.g.: Oxidative stress and telomerase in stem cells)
Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA)

Curtin University of Technology

London UK The centre aims to raise awareness of issues around all aspects of ageing and to support good practice. CPA sustains a network of learning around ageing.

Research topics:

  • Health and social services
  • Residential and community care
  • Religious belief
  • Living arrangements
  • Transport
  • Citizenship and leisure activities
Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA)

School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton

Southampton UK This international and multi-disciplinary research centre examines key issues in ageing across the lifecourse, informating policy and debating at the national and local level.

Research topics:

  • Ageing in developing and transitional societies
  • Diversity in later life and the ageing of ethnic minority communities
  • Economic and social resources in old age
  • Inequalities in later life, particularly with respect to health and access to health and social care services
  • Quality of life
  • Retirement prospects of future generations of elders
  • Social networks and informal support
  • Developing a range of tools for policy analysis
Centre for Research on Ageing (CRA)

Curtin University of Technology

Perth Australia The centre will improve the health and well-being of older persons through a multidisciplinary research approach.

Research topics:

  • Aged care services
  • Ageing (physical and emotional health, family structures, supportive environments)
  • Dementia
Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG)

University Surrey

Guildford UK The aim of CRAG is to conduct policy relevant research on gender and ageing and to advance understanding of how gender influences the experience of ageing, and how ageing influences gender roles and relationships.
Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia (CRPD)

University of British Columbia

Vancouver Canada The mission of the CRPD is to initiate, facilitate, and integrate trans-disciplinary research that increases understanding and implementation of personhood approaches to dementia and dementia care. It aims to increase understanding of personhood in dementia and develop interventions for supporting personhood.
Centre for Social Gerontology

Keele University

Keele UK The centre works on the social analysis of ageing.

Research topics:

  • Family and kinship
  • Inter-generational relationships
  • Women and ageing
  • Social exclusion and inclusion
  • The social policy of later life
Centre Hospitalier Affilié Universitaire de Québec (CHA) Quebec Canada Research Topics:
  • Alzheimer‘s disease and other dementia
  • Long-term care practices
  • Organisation and evaluation services for the elderly
  • Motor function, balance and aging
  • Vision and aging
Centre on Aging

University of Manitoba

Winnipeg Canada The centre conducts, stimulates, and promotes research on ageing, provides an interdisciplinary focus for the research activities in ageing at the university in Manitoba, and supports the teaching. The centre distributes its findings to administration, policy makers, practitioners, and seniors to assist them in making decisions.

Research topics:

  • Cchronic health problems (dementia, arthritis, depression)
  • Consequences of early brain damage to normal aging,
  • Changes in memory function with advancing age
  • Neuronal plasticity
  • Memory encoding/impairments after stroke, trauma, and seizure activity
Centre on Aging

University of Victoria

Victoria Canada The multidisciplinary research centre promotes and conducts basic and applied research throughout the lifespan.

Research topics:

  • Needs assessments
  • Social surveys
  • Expreimental research
  • Program evaluations
  • Development of clinical diagnostic tools
  • Social policy research
Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU)

Campus for Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne UK The primary focus of CARU is research into conditions associated with ageing to facilitate the development of early assessment and intervention strategies targeted at age-associated degenerative conditions.

Research topics:

  • Dementia and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Stroke and cardiovascular ageing
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Visual failure
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • Mitochondrial disease
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer‘s Disease Center (CNADC) Chicago / IL USA The mission of CNADC is 1) to provide the highest quality clinical care, i.e., diagnostic evaluation and treatment; 2) to conduct research on how the brain coordinates mental functions; 3) to transfer the benefits of research to afflicted patients; and 4) to train researchers and clinicians to work in this field. Newsletter
Cologne Cluster of Excellence on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-associated Diseases (CECAD Cologne)

University of Cologne

Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging

Cologne Germany The aim is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the ageing process and thereby to set the ground to achieve the long-term objective of developing novel therapeutic interventions.

Research topics:

  • Inflammation in aging-associated diseases
  • Metabolic signaling in ageing, diabetes, and obesity
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction in ageing and neurodegeneration
  • Proteostasis in ageing-associated diseases
  • DNA-damage responses in ageing-related tissue degeneration and tumorigenesis
  • Membrane senescence and lipid-associated signals
Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging - An NYULMC Center of Excellence

NYU Langone Medical Center

New York / NY USA The centre is devoted to research and clinical advances toward the treatment and cure of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition, the focus is on healthy brain ageing, Alzheimer‘s disease and memory disorders, Parkinson‘s disease and movement disorders, atypical dementias, and geriatric psychiatry.

Research topics:

  • Cell survival and rescue
  • Synapse physiology
  • Biology of tau and amyloid proteins
  • Biomarkers, genomics, and proteomics
  • Electrophysiologic imaging
  • Drug discovery and development
  • Early detection and differential diagnosis
  • Psychosocial interventions
Danish Aging Research Center (DARC)

University of Southern Denmark

University of Aarhus

University of Copenhagen

Odense Denmark The DARC conducts research in human aging processes from a range of different angels, combining ageing research from the molecular level, to the individual and finally to the entire population.

Research topics:

  • Genetic and environmental factors influencing human aging processes and longevity (studies of twins and the oldest-old)
  • Gender and ageing
  • Social and environmental stress and ageing
  • Telomere biology and its possible relation to aging, particularly for persons, who age early
Danish Centre for Molecular Gerontology (DCMG)

University of Aarhus

Aarhus Denmark The aims of the DCMG are to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the ageing process and in the origin of age-related diseases, to search for effective means of reducing age-related loss in cellular functions, to search for methods for recovery of lost biological activity during ageing, and to employ the knowledge obtained to prevent some of the age-related diseases.

Research topics:

  • DNA damage
  • Premature ageing syndromes
  • Alzheimer‘s and Parkinson‘s disease
  • Telomeric-regulation of cellular ageing
  • Gene expression and function with ageing
  • Hormesis
International centre with participating laboratories in Aarhus, Vejle, and Baltimore, USA
Del E. Webb Neuroscience, Aging and Stem Cell Research Center (NASCR)

Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute

La Jolla / CA USA Advance the understanding and treatment of degenerative diseases, as well as the normal aging process. They want to protect cells in the brain from a avriety of neurodegenerative diseases and to regenerate neurons and associated cells.

Research topics:

  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Stem cells and regenerative biology
  • Development and ageing
Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC) Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra Australia The purpose of the DCRCs is to conduct dementia research to improve the diagnosis, reduce the risk of dementia, as well as improve the lives of those people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Research topics:

  • Prevention of Alzheimer‘s disease and other dementias
  • Diagnose Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Enhancing the awareness of dementia
  • Home care
Dementia Research Centre (DRC)

Institute of Neurology, University College London

London UK The DRC try to identify, measure, monitor, and understand the cognitive changes associated with degenerative disease and normal ageing.

Research topics:

  • Familial Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Posterior cortical atrophy
  • Auditory information processing in dementia
  • Chemosensory processing in dementia
Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Department of Geriatrics

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)

Little Rock / AR USA The institute‘s mission is to promote functional independence in older people through world class clinical care, cutting-edge research, and innovative educational programs.

Research topics:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology of Aging
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Frailty Prevention
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise
  • Long-Term Care
  • Cognitive Disorders
European Centre for Gerontology

University of Malta

Msida Malta The mission of the centre is to conduct research within the area of ageing and later life, to deliver postgraduate courses, to co-ordinate training programmes, to liase with government departments and voluntary agencies, to research issues, and to engage in public debates.
European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) Groningen Netherlands The mission of the ERIBA is to better understand what causes ageing. The studies are focused on the mechanisms that result in loss of cells with age and the decline in the function of old cells and tissues. ERIBA aims to develop novel strategies to prevent or combat age-related disease and to provide evidence-based recommendations for healthy ageing.
Fischer Center for Alzheimer‘s Disease Research

The Rockefeller University

New York / NY USA The research team at the Fisher Center try to find the cure for Alzheimer‘s disease.

Research topics:

  • Beating back beta amyloid
  • Improving the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Reversing nerve cell damage
  • Recruiting stress proteins to clean up tangles in the brain
  • Curing early-onset Alzheimer‘s
  • The science of caregiving
Flinders Centre for Ageing Studies (FCAS)

School of Psychology, Flinders University

Adelaide Australia The centre has a multidisciplinary focus on research, education, and professional gerontological activities locally, nationally, and internationally. The research core is the Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ALSA).
Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECC) Washington DC USA Each GRECC contains a research component, a education component, and a clinical component. Currently there are 19 GRECCs conducting basic laboratory research on the origins of aging and the diseases commonly associated with it as well as research how care is delivered to elders and the effects of rehabilitation.
Geriatrics

Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

New Haven / CT USA The aim of the centre is to improve the quality of life and independence of older persons through a combination of research, interventions to improve function, clinical initiatives, and teaching activities. The research is focused on the Yale Program on Aging, an inter-departmental, multidisciplinary program whose objectives are to investigate clinical, translational, and epidemiologic topics related to the multi-factorial issues of ageing.
Geriatrics Center & Institute of Gerontology

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor / MI USA The centre seeks to increase the span of healthy, active life for older adults through interdisciplinary clinical care, education, research, and community service. It develops initiatives in geriatrics research and training to advance the state of knowledge regarding the medical problems of the older adult.

Research topics:

  • Biogerontology
  • Biomechanics and mobility
  • Ageing populations (understand risk factors and outcomes of diseases)
  • Clinical and translational research (age-related diseases)
Geriatric Studies Center / Alzheimer‘s Disease Research Center

University of Southern California

Los Angeles / CA USA The centres support collaborative research efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of age-related memory loss. Patients and their families are given the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of clinical research projects. These include tests of new treatments for Alzheimer‘s disease and new procedures to improve the diagnostic accuracy.
German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Bonn Germany Its mission is to understand the causes and risk factors that predispose to neurodegeneration and to develop new therapeutic and health care strategies. Specifically, the DZNE addresses causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, and therapy of neurodegenerative disorders. These include primarily age-related disorders as Alzheimer‘s and Parkinson‘s disease, but also rare neurodegenerative disorders (Prion diseases and Huntington‘s Disease, ALS, FTD). The DZNE is a joint effort of several research institutes, universities and hospitals throughout Germany (Bonn, Cologne, Dresden, Göttingen, Greifswald, Jülich, Magdeburg, Munich, Rostock, Tübingen, Witten).
German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) Berlin-Tempelhof Germany The DZA focuses on scientific research and documentation in the fields of social and behavioral ageing research. The purpose is to increase, collect, evaluate, process, and disseminate knowledge about the living arrangements of ageing and old people in order to use this knowledge for scientifically independent consultation in respect to the challenges of an ageing population for society and social policy.
Gerontology Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston Boston / MA USA The Gerontology Institute carries out basic and applied social and economic research on aging and engages in public education on aging policy issues, with an emphasis in four areas: income security, health (including long-term care), productive aging (including transportation), and basic social and demographic research on aging.
Gerontology Research Center (GRC)

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby Canada The GRC serves as a focal point for research, education, and information on individual and population ageing and maintains an active publications program to promote utilization of existing knowledge.

Research topics:

  • Ageing and the built environment
  • Changing demography and lifestyles
  • Health promotion/population health and ageing
  • Prevention of victimization and exploitation of older persons
  • Technology and ageing
Gerontology Research Unit

Division of Psychiatric Neuroscience Research & Neurotherapeutics (PNRN), Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

London UK The Gerontology Research Unit offers a multidisciplinary and individualized approach to the diagnosis of memory disorders.

Research topics:

  • Memory and ageing
  • Neuroimaging methods to track cognitive assessment
  • Genetics of Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Predict the course of Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Risk factors in the development of Alzheimer‘s disease
  • treatment for cognitive and behavioral problems in Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Early detection methods for Alzheimer‘s disease
Glenn Center for Aging Research

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

La Jolla USA / CA The Glenn Center uses genetic analysis, stem cell biology, and metabolism research to address the overarching goal of defining a healthy lifespan, or healthspan. Researchers will find an answer to the question: Is there a defined biological process of aging that is universal to all organisms?
Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging

Washington University

St. Louis USA / MO The centre provides academic and administrative leadership to foster the development and implementation of activities that enhance productive ageing. It promotes research, education, policy, and service initiatives that enhance the quality of life for older adults.
Huffington Center on Aging (HCOA)

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston USA / TX The mission is to improve the quality of lives of people as they age through programs of research, education, and patient care.

Research topics:

  • Cell and molecular biology of ageing
  • Adrenal cell biology
  • DHEA
  • Ageing of the skin
  • The ageing cardiovascular system
  • Healthcare outcomes research
  • Ethical issues in acute and long-term care settings
Institut für Gerontologische Forschung IGFe.v. Munich Germany The institute is focused on the ageing society with the aim to identify and support conditions and options that allow a self-determined life in older age.

Research topics:

  • Health and independence</li
  • Life and housing in the old age
  • Management and training
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Institute for Ageing at Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne UK The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing is a fusion of medical science research and social concern. We seek to understand the challenges and opportunities brought about by our growing ageing population from a biological, clinical, environmental and psycho-social perspective.

Areas of research:

  • Understanding the mechanisms of ageing
  • Causes of age related illnesses
  • Ageing across the life-course
  • Living well with chronic illness
  • Enabling environments and technologies for an ageing opulation
  • Economic and social impact of ageing
Institute for Aging Research (IAR)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

New York City USA / NY The IAR conducts focused multidisciplinary research geared towards unraveling essential elements in the biology of aging.

Research topics:

  • Studies on macromolucules, intracellular organelles, cells, and tissues
  • Molecular physiology, nutrients, and energetics in whole-animal models
  • Genetics and genomics of aging in single-cell animal models and aging humans
Institute for Aging Research (IFAR)

Hebrew SeniorLife

Boston USA / MA The IFAR conducts medical and social studies aimed at developing strategies that maximize strength, vigor, and physical well-being, as well as preserve cognitive and functional independence for adults as they age.

Research topics:

  • Cognitive impairment
  • Mental health and ageing
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Palliative care
  • Quality of care and health care standards
  • Syncope and falls
Institute for Biomedical Aging Research (IBA)

Austrian Academy of Sciences

Innsbruck Austria The goal of the institute is to study aging processes at the cellular, molecular, and organismic level in order to better understand age-related impairments and diseases; and to define measures to postpone/prevent age-related impairments and diseases in order to improve the quality of life in old age.

Research topics:

  • Endocrinology
  • Immunology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Stem Cell Ageing
  • Adipose Tissue and Oncoproteins
Institute for Biostatistics and Informatics in Medicine and Ageing Research (IBIMA)

University of Rostock

Rostock Germany The IBIMA is focused on the bioinformatics of molecular ageing, stem cell data, and chronic disease processes.

Research topics:

  • High-throughput data analysis
  • Networks, regulation, and evolution
  • Sequence analysis and evolution
  • Proteomics data analysis
  • Bioinformatics service and education
Institute for Life Course and Aging

University of Toronto

Toronto Canada The institute carries out research into aging from a life course perspective, including population aging, and the aged, in the social, psychological and health sciences. Presentation Portal
Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND)

University of California

Irvine USA / CA UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging.
Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease Research

University of Liverpool

Liverpool UK This institute provides a focus for understanding the many variables - from bioscience to social - that influence ageing and chronic disease in people throughout their lives.

Research topics:

  • Musculoskeletal biology
  • Eye and vision sciences
  • Obesity and endocrinology
Institute of Ageing Research

Hangzhou Normal University

Hangzhou China The Institute of Ageing research is interested in life ageing mechanisms. The Institute‘s philosophy is based on the needs of the community and the prominent clinical patients with diseases of ageing, based on a full range of ageing studies at all levels from molecules, cells, tissues and organs.

Research topics:

  • Tumor cells and stem cell ageing
  • Immune system ageing and related diseases
  • Metabolism and endocrine system of ageing and related diseases
  • Heart ageing
  • Brain ageing
Institute of Aging (IA)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Vancouver Canada The IA is focused on the aging person in an aging society, and the effects of different diseases and conditions on aging. Its goal is to improve the quality of life and health of older Canadians by understanding and addressing or preventing the consequences of a wide range of factors associated with aging.

Research topics:

  • Healthy and successful ageing
  • Biological mechanisms of ageing
  • Cognitive impairment in ageing
  • Ageing and maintenance of functional autonomy
  • Health services and policy relating to older people
Institute of Development, Aging and Cancer (IDAC)

Tohoku University

Aoba-ku Sendai Japan The IDAC aims to clarify basic mechanisms of ageing, as well as to control age-related diseases (e.g. dementia, intractable cancers).

Research topics:

  • Molecular mechanisms of ageing and self defense system
  • Molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis and cancer growth
  • brain maturation and ageing
Institute of Gerontology (IFG)

Ruprechts Carls University of Heidelberg

Heidelberg Germany The IFG is focused on social and behavioural science.

Research topics:

  • Potentials and resources of old age for societal and cultural development, generation solidarity, and generation equity
  • Interindividual variability, intraindividual variability, and plasticity in dimensions of competence
  • Theoretical integration and empirical analysis of the interactions between biological-physiological, psychological, and social ageing
  • Quality of life of people suffering from physical and mental diseases
Institute of Gerontology

College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Athens USA / GA The institute coordinates and promotes multi- and inter-disciplinary ageing research, training, and outreach services at the University of Georgia. Keystone research project was The Georgia Centenarian Study (1998 to 2007) of longevity and survival of the oldest old.

Research topics:

  • Functional assessment
  • Caregiving
  • Long term care
  • End of life care
  • Genetics of ageing
  • Normal to pathological memory changes
  • Vision
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise science
  • Pharmacy
  • Adult education
  • Social work
  • Marketing and housing

Institute of Gerontology (IOG)

Wayne State University

Detroit USA / MI Research is focused on research in social and behavioral sciences and cognitive neuroscience to issues of ageing and urban health.

Research topics:

  • Lifespan cognitive neuroscience
  • Health disparities and disability
  • Mental health and physical well-being
Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics "Ana Aslan" Bucharest Rumanian The main activities of the institute are medical geriatric assistance and social gerontology research.
Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA)

University College London (UCL)

London UK The institute will merge biogerontology and the study of ageing-related diseases to develop a translational biogerontology using the ageing process as a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age.

Research topics:

  • Genes and mechanisms that determine the rate of ageing
  • Insulin/IGF-like signalling pathway, dietary restriction and resistance to stress
  • Sex differences in the biology of ageing
  • Evolutionary conservation of mechanisms of ageing
  • Bioethical implications of ageing research
Institute of Psychogerontology (IPG)

University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Erlangen Germany The IPG focuses on determining the biological, cognitive, psychological, and social conditions enabling the highest possible productivity, autonomy, vitality, and quality of life throughout ageing.

Research topics:

  • Age and ageing in society and science
  • Dementia
  • Intellectual ageing and lifelong learning
  • Mobility in old age
  • Caregiving, demands and developmental gains
  • Social relationships and personality across the lifespan
Institute on Aging

University of California

San Francisco USA / CA The mission is to enhance the quality of life for adults as they age. This is fulfilled by developing and providing innovative programs in health, social service, creative arts, community, and professional education.
Institute on Aging

University of Florida

Gainesville USA / FL The mission is to improve the health, independence, and quality of life of older adults.
Institute on Aging (IOA)

University of North Carolina

Chapel Hill USA The IOA promotes collaborative applied and basic gerontological research, develops innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice, and provides state-of-the-art information to policy makers, program managers, service providers, clinicians, and the general public.
Institute on Aging

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia USA / PA The institute will improve the health of older adults by increasing the quality and quantity of clinical and basic research as well as educational programs that focus on normal aging and aging-related diseases.
Institute on Aging

University of Virginia

Charlottesville USA / VA The goal is to stimulate interdisciplinary, innovative research and education related to ageing issues.

Research topics:

  • Cognitive ageing, memory loss, dementia
  • Diabetes and ageing
  • Brain imaging
  • Life-span development
  • Cell biological basis of Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Elderly care and caregivers
  • Eldercare robotics
  • Elder abuse
Institute on Aging

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison USA / Wi The mission is to promote the health and well-being of the ageing population. It addresses the problems of ageing, which include diseases and impairments (e.g., osteoporosis, dementia, Parkinsons, glaucoma, mobility problems) and the challenges of later life (e.g., widowhood, retirement, caregiving, relocation) as well as the potential of ageing, which refers to the notable strengths, resources, and vitality of those in their 70s and beyond.

Research topics:

  • Biology of aging
  • Clinical geriatrics
  • Life-span development
  • Social gerontology
International Institute on Ageing Valletta Malta The institute aims to fulfill the training needs of developing countries and to facilitate the implementation of the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing. It provides mulit-disciplinary education and training in specific areas related to ageing, and also acts as a catalyst as regards the exchange of information on issues concerned with ageing.
International Research Centre for Healthy Ageing and Longevity (IRCHAL) Byron Bay Australia IRCHAL‘s mission is to promote healthy ageing & longevity through interdisciplinary collaboration amongst world‘s leading experts on the science of health, ageing, and longevity, and to disseminate evidence-based knowledge throughout the nations.

Research topics:

  • Biological Mechanisms of healthy ageing and longevity
  • Healthy ageing and longevity determinants
  • Interventions in ageing and age-associated disease
  • Care & support
  • Policies & strategies
Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG)

National University of Ireland

Galway Ireland The mission of ICSG is to develop and promote the social and economic aspects of ageing in Ireland for the purpose of supporting a balanced and holistic view of ageing; and to act as a resource for all involved in ageing in Ireland.
Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

Tufts University

Boston USA / MA The mission is to explore the relationship between nutrition, ageing, and health by determining the nutrient requirements that are necessary to promote health and well-being for older adults and examining the degenerative conditions associated with aging.

Research topics:

  • Antioxidants
  • Body composition
  • Bone metabolism
  • Carotenoids and health
  • Cardiovascular nutrition
  • Dietary assessment
  • Energy metabolism
  • Epidemiology
  • Lipid metabolism
  • Nutrition and cancer biology
  • Nutrition, exercise, physiology and sarcopenia
  • Nutritional genomics
  • Nutritional immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition and neurocognition
  • Nutrition and vision
  • Obesity metabolism
  • Vascular biology
  • Vitamins and carcinogenesis
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin metabolism
Jena Centre for Systems Biology of Ageing (JenAge)

Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI)

Leibniz Institute for Natural Products Research and Infection Biology - Hans Knöll Institute (HKI)

Friedrich Schiller University (FSU)

University Hospital Jena (UKJ)

Jena Germany The JenAge Centre aims to identify conserved transcriptional and metabolic networks activated by mild stress and to investigate their role in preserving functional integrity in old age. The generally favorable biological response of an organism to low dose exposure of stressors, called hormesis, has been repeatedly suggested to be the biological mechanism of life-extending treatments.

In addition to the use of human cell cultures JenAge adopts a multi-species approach including worms ( C. elegans), fishes (N. furzeri, D. rerio) and mice ( M. musculus) to characterise network modulations by environmental, pharmacological and life-style perturbations. In an iterative process, experimental data are communicated to the analysis and modelling groups to generate testable hypotheses which will in turn be validated by genetic and other manipulations in model organisms. This systems biology strategy is supplemented by automatic text mining and database development.

Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health (COAH)

School of Medicine, University of Maryland

Baltimore USA / MD The focal point is to optimize health in ageing and to provide the necessary expertise and infrastructure for the sustainable conduct of research and its translation into improving the health of older adults.
KEEPS - The KRONOS Early Estrogen Prevention Study at KRONOS Longevity Research Institute (KLRI) Phoenix USA / AZ The KLRI is aimed to conduct clinical translational research aimed at early detection and prevention of age-related diseases and slowing or reversing the ageing process.
K-State Center on Aging

College of Human Ecology

Manhattan USA / KS The centre coordinates and develops educational and training programs in aging, stimulates aging research, coordinates outreach activities, and serves as a referral center for information on aging resources in Kansas.
Landon Center on Aging

Medical Center, University of Kansas

Kansas City USA / KS This state-funded interdisciplinary center conducts, sponsors, and supports the development of educational, clinical, and research programs related to ageing.
Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) Jena Germany The Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) is the first national research institute in Germany focusing on biomedical research on human aging, a multifactorial process controlled by environmental and genetic factors. Since 2004, the FLI‘s mission has been to delineate basic molecular mechanisms that underlie the aging process in humans and its consequences for the development of aging-related cell and tissue dysfunction and diseases. Research at the FLI will provide a knowledge basis for the development of therapies aiming to facilitate healthy aging by prolonging organismal functions and disease prevention in the elderly. In order to better correspond to this research focus, the institute was re-named from Leibniz Institute for Age Research into Leibniz Institute on Aging in 2015.
Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (IUF)

Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf GmbH

Düsseldorf Germany The major task is to carry out molecular preventive medical research in the area of environmental health. The main objective is the analysis and evaluation of risks to human health that result from environmental factors.

Research topics:

  • Environmental-induced ageing processes
  • Environmental-induced impairment of the immune system (immunotoxicology)
  • Molecular mechanisms of premature ageing
  • degenerative diseases
Lifespan Health Research Center (LHRC)

Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University

Dayton USA / OH The mission of the research centre is to advance and disseminate knowledge through the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and professional serviceAt the LHRC research related to the changes that occur in individuals throughout their life spans is conducted. It is home to the Fels Longitudinal Study.

Research topics:

  • Growth, maturation and aging
  • Body composition
  • Risk factors for cardiovascular disease
  • Genetic epidemiology of complex traits
Longevity Institute USA / CA This non-profit research corporation provides information linking nutrition and good health and information about the health benefits of nutritional supplements.
Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA)

University of Manchester

Manchester UK MICRA promotes interdisciplinary research on all aspects of ageing. The Institute acts as an information hub for research on ageing at the University of Manchester.

Research topics:

  • Biology of ageing and lifespan
  • Engineering, environment and technology
  • Frailty, cognition and dementia
  • Inequalities, health and well-being
  • Later life work, retirement and pensions
  • Physical decline and tissue regeneration
  • Public policy and care provision
  • Social and cultural change and later life
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing Cologne Germany The goal of the institute is to uncover the basic causes and processes of ageing by using model organisms, and to understand the nature of longevity and age-related diseases.

Research topics:

  • Mitochondrial biology
  • Biological mechanisms of ageing
  • Molecular genetics of ageing
  • Skin homeostasis and ageing
Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Rostock Germany This MPI investigates the structure and dynamics of populations.

Research topics:

  • Evolutionary biodemography - genetic, medical, and biological aspects of ageing
  • Economic and social demography - transformation of the human life-cycle
  • Population and policy - coherence between policy and demographic change
  • Historical demography - European focus on the persistence of family patterns over the centuries and mortality decline around 1800
  • Survival and longevity - ageing of human populations
  • Lifecourse dynamics and demographic change - impact of micro and macro conditions at critical stages of life on individual and population-level outcomes later in life, focusing on health, mortality, and fertility
  • Generations- and Gender Programme - demographic consequences of institutional, political, and economic change in Europe
  • Evolution of ageing
Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging)

Max Planck Society

MaxNetAging is a virtual institute for the advancement of research on the causes, patterns, processes, and consequences of aging. it provides a platform for an international collaboration endeavor between the Max Planck Institutes and outstanding scholars from other institutions.

Research topics:

  • Political science
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History, art history, history of science
  • Demography
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Cognitive and brain sciences
  • Psychology
  • Human development
Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research London, Berlin UK, Germany The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research is dedicated to studying the causes of psychiatric disorders as well as the causes of individual differences in cognitive development, with an emphasis on adulthood and old age.
Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging

University of Southern Denmark

Odense Denmark The center will endeavor to advance innovative research to discover the basic causes and key consequences of longer and healthier lives, including also its policy implications.

Research topics:

  • Demography
  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine
  • Biology
  • Mathematics and statistics
McGill Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA) Verdun Canada The MCSA has developed a strong expertise in brain ageing.

Research topics:

  • Memory
  • Cognition
  • Dementias
  • Mechanisms of brain ageing
  • Clinical characteristics of normal and abnormal ageing in human
Medawar Centre for Healthy Ageing Research

University of Birmingham

Birmingham UK The centre is focused on research to understand aging and how a longer healthspan (the time spent in good health) can be achieved.

Research topics (selection):

  • Aging and the cardiovascular system
  • Aging and the immune system
  • Aging in nematodes
  • Ensuring good health in old age
  • Aging brain
  • ...
Memory and Aging Center (MAC)

Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC), University of Southern California

Los Angeles USA / CA The research centre is focused on Alzheimer‘s disease and related disorders; it provides precise and accurate diagnoses, comprehensive care plans, and access to leading-edge clinical trials.
Mercer‘s Institute for Research on Ageing (MIRA)

Medical Gerontology, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin

Dublin Ireland The goal of MIRA is to enhance the health and care of the older person in both home and care settings, as well as research and determine innovative responses to the ageing process. In addition, the institute provides and supports training and educational services around ageing and associated issues, with a particular emphasis on the concept of successful ageing.
Michiana Gerontology Institute (MGI)

Holy Cross College

Notre Dame USA / IN The Michiana Gerontology Institute provides intergenerational outreach and education to improve the lives of elderly through service and awareness.
Michigan Alzheimer‘s Disease Center (MADC)
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor USA / MI The MADC aims to conduct and support innovative memory and ageing research to enhance our understanding of Alzheimer‘s disease and related disorders.

Research topics:

  • biomarkers used for early detection
  • disease modifying treatments
  • basic disease mechanisms
  • effective strategies to help individuals with memory loss
Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging (MiCDA) Ann Arbor USA / MI MiCDA helps spur new research on the economics and demography of ageing and encourages the use of major datasets in the field.

Research topics:

  • Surveys/Data collection
  • Economics of saving and retirement in the U.S.
  • Disparities by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status
  • Chronic diseases
  • Cognition, mental health
  • Historical demography
Monash Research for an Ageing Society (MonRAS)

Monash University

Victoria Australia MonRAS is facilitating a cross-faculty multidisciplinary approach to the study of ageing to consolidate the focus of research activities and resources of the entire university to the development of service, technologies, therapies, policies, and programs that address significant issues and improve quality of life of older people.

Research topics:

  • Planning, policies, and infrastructure for an ageing society
  • Health and support - services for an ageing society
  • Biomedical aspects of ageing - ageing process and age-related diseases
Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA)

Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

Munich Germany The mission of MEA is to evaluate, anticipate, and accompany the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of demographic change by developing empirical models that predict these developments.

Research topics:

  • Old-age provision and savings behavior
  • Economics of health and life expectancy
  • Macroeconomic implications of an ageing society
  • Survey on health, ageing and retirement in Europe (SHARE)
formerly known as Mannheim Research Institute for the Economics of Aging (MEA), University of Mannheim
Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor USA / MI The centre is focused on the fundamental mechanisms of the biology of ageing.

Research topics:

  • Contraction-induced injury
  • Genetically-modified traits
  • Musculoskeletal frailty
  • Protein folding
  • Signal transduction
  • T cell function
This centre is one out of several "Nathan Shock Center of Excellence" funded by the National Institute on Aging.
Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

University of Washington

Washington USA / DC The Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging at the University of Washington provides resources to support the large community of University of Washington investigators studying aspects of the basic biology of aging. The goal of the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Program is to train new independent investigators who will utilize contemporary genetic and molecular genetic techniques to investigate the underlying mechanisms of aging. This centre is one out of several "Nathan Shock Center of Excellence" funded by the National Institute on Aging.
Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging - The Jackson Laboratory Bar Harbor USA / ME Jackson Laboratory research focused on problems of aging to improving resources for the aging research community and to understand the molecular mechanisms at work in lifespan and healthspan.

Research topics:

  • Median lifespans and IGF1 levels
  • Kidney disease
  • Immune system function
  • Cardiac conduction activity
  • IGF1 levels
  • Salt regulation
  • Histopathology of diseases associated with ageing
  • DNA damage
This centre is one out of several "Nathan Shock Center of Excellence" funded by the National Institute on Aging.
National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) Parkville Australia NARI aims to be the centre of excellence in Australia for research into ageing and improving the quality of life and health of older people.

Research topics:

  • Vascular system
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Clinical research
  • Pain - dementia and memory loss, age differences, management and assessment, pain experience
  • Drug trials
  • Falls prevention
  • Service evaluation - community care, health care and rehabilitation, residential care
  • Health promotion
  • Population studies
National Alzheimer‘s Coordinating Center (NACC)

University of Washington

Seattle USA / WA The centre facilitates collaborative research in the field of aging and maintains a large relational database of standardized clinical and neuropathological research data.
National Institute for Mental Health Research

College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, Australian National University

Canberra Australia The aim of the institute is to improve the mental health of Australians through research and development, training, policy, and the dissemination of health information. The mission is to reduce the prevalence of mental disorders and to improve the lived experience of people with mental illness.

Research topics:

  • depression
  • anxiety disorders
  • substance abuse
  • bipolar disorders
National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life (NISAL)

Linköping University

Linköping Sweden At NISAL, researcher study the interplay between the cultural, social, political, health-related and technical aspects of ageing in a changing society.

Research topics:

  • Socio-cultural, political and historical context
  • Care and welfare
  • Ageing in time and space: home, housing, and technological landscape
The International Journal of Ageing and Later Life (IJAL) was founded by NISAL.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Bethesda USA / MD NIA supports and conducts genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the ageing process, diseases and conditions associated with ageing, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. It fosters the development of research and clinician scientists in aging and communicates information about ageing and advances in research on ageing to the scientific community, health care providers, and the public.

Research topics:

  • Mechanisms of ageing
  • Processes of ageing
  • Ageing in relation to health and disease
  • Age-related changes in physiology and the ability to adapt to environmental stress
  • Pathophysiology of age-related diseases
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) New York USA / NY The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults.
NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

Medical School, Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne UK The aim of the centre is to comprehensively address the complex health care needs of the older people, based on an advanced understanding of the ageing process and age-related disease.

Research topics:

  • the ageing brain (dementia, stroke)
  • the ageing body (chronic liver disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease)
  • the ageing limbs (musculoskeletal disease)
Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR)

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Newfoundland Canada NLCAHR’s mission is to contribute to the effectiveness of the health and community services system of Newfoundland and Labrador and to the physical, social, and psychological health and wellbeing of the province’s population by supporting the development and the use of applied health research in this province. One part of the centres work is the administration of the Newfoundland and Labrador Healthy Aging Research Program (NL-HARP) sponsored by the Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS).

Research topics:

  • Health and community services and policies
  • Health systems organization
  • Population health
  • Public health
  • Community health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health technology assessment
  • Knowledge translation
  • Clinical practices
New Zealand Institute for Research on Ageing (NZiRA)

Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington New Zealand NZiRA aimed to increase and enhance multi-disciplinary research on human ageing, particularly within the New Zealand context, to advance understanding of individual and societal ageing and its implications. The work has been transferred to the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies.
NYC Elder Abuse Center (NYCEAC) New York USA / NY The NYCEAC will improve the way professionals, organizations and systems respond to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.
Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

University of Oxford

Oxford UK The global challenge of population ageing is addressed by two research centres:

Research topics:

  • Understanding demographic change
  • Demography and economy
  • Demography and society
  • Bio-Demography and health
  • Demography, science and innovation
  • Demography and environment
Pacific Parkinson‘s Research Centre (PPRC) Vancouver Canada The mission of the PPRC is to act as a centre of excellence for diagnosis and management of Parkinson‘s and other related disorders; and to conduct a strong research program that spans preclinical, clinical and population studies.
Perceptual & Cognitive Aging Lab

University of Calgary

Calgary Canada The centre aims to investigate the age-related change in visual perception and cognitive processes.

Research topics:

  • Early detection of declines in driving ability
  • Driving safety
Population Aging Research Center (PARC)

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia / PA USA The institute fosters research on the demography and economics of health and ageing.

Research topics:

  • Health, disease, and mortality risks at older ages
  • Domestic/International perspectives on well being at older stages
  • Networks as mechanisms of diffusion, vectors of disease risk, systems of resource distribution
  • Social, economic, environmental, and behavioral aspects of HIV and chronic diseases
  • Innovative analytic methodologies for collecting and analyzing biomarkers and genetic materials
Population Studies Center (PSC)

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia / PA USA At PSC the aim is to study the growth and structure of human populations, primarily in terms of fertility, mortality, and migration.

Research topics:

  • Health and well-being of populations
  • Human resources and endowments
  • Policy evaluation
  • Growth and structure of populations
  • Networks in populations
  • Method development
Princeton Longevity Center (PLC) Princeton / NJ USA The PLC provides the most advanced and individually-tailored programs for improving and sustaining health and longevity.
RAND Center for the Study of Aging Santa Monica / CA USA The centre aims to help improve public policy through both data collection and data analysis. Research is focused on the interrelationship among health, economic status, socioeconomic factors, and public policy.
Research Centre on Aging Sherbrouke / Quebec Canada Mission: To develop knowledge on aging in order to promote the autonomy and development of seniors.
Research Institute for Aging (RIA) Kitchener Canada The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging enhances the quality of life and care of older adults through partnerships in research, education and practice.
Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) USA The mission of RCMAR is to decrease health disparities by focusing on research on the health of minority elders. Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Salford Institute for Dementia

University of Salford

Salford UK The institute is engaged in research, innovation and education in supportive design and care for people living with dementia. The focus of this work is the maintenance of independence and the promotion of integrated support in the communities where people live.

Areas of focus:

  • Personhood and humanity
  • Purposeful activity for people with dementia
  • Design of private and public spaces
  • Experience of black and ethnic minorities
  • Experience of people living with dementia in hard to reach communities and individuals
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA)

University of Kentucky

Lexington / KY USA The SBCoA is dedicated to understanding the ageing process and age-related brain diseases, and education, outreach and clinical programs that promote healthy brain ageing.

Research topics:

  • Alzheimer‘s disease and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Stroke
Sau Po Centre on Ageing

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong China The centre focuses on enhancing the quality of life of older persons in Asia through gerontology research, education, and policy advocacy.

Research topics:

  • Health Ageing
  • Geriatric and long-term care
  • Financial security and housing
  • Cross-cultural psychosocial gerontology
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) Kitchener Canada The RIA promotes research, training, and practice to enhance care and quality of life for seniors.

Research topics:

  • Agri-food healthy ageing
  • Fitness & plasticity of ageing
  • Active living
  • Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Optimizing medications for seniors
  • Spiritual care for seniors
  • Vascular ageing and brain health
  • Senior-friendly physical environments
  • Geriatric medicine
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School of Aging Studies

College of Behavorial and Community Sciences, University of South Florida (USF)

Tampa / FL USA The mission is excellence in applied ageing research and education.

Research topics:

  • Ageing and health
  • Cognitive ageing and Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Public policy and long-term care
Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing (SISA)

University of Sheffield

Sheffield UK Research topics:
  • End of life care
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Gerontological nurse education
  • Health services and intermediate care
  • Homeless people and homeless services
  • Technologies for old age
  • Nutritional studies
  • Population studies and environmental factors affecting quality of life
  • Frailty and well-being
  • Sexual health of older people
The website is currently being reconstructed (since February 2013). At the main University website there is a short description of SISA.
Smart Ageing International Research Center (SAIRC)

Tohoku University (IDAC)

Sendai Japan The centre will promote international cooperative research on smart ageing so that individuals can cope more effectively with the changes brought on by ageing and can, within society, mature intellectually. In addition, the centre will change the negative view of ageing in research and society to a positive one.

Research topics:

  • Functions of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in humans
  • Intervention methods for maintaining and improving cognitive functions
  • Entertainment and smart ageing
  • Development of high precision imaging and sensor technologies
  • Biomedical engineering evaluation of skin conditions
  • Evaluation of Atherosclerosis
Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC)

Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin

Dublin Ireland SPARC views on research into the social policy impacts and implications of ageing and generates policy advice and insights that can in turn be used by policy makers and practitioners to improve the lives of older people.

Research topics:

  • Participation and inclusion of older people - service delivery to community-dwelling older people, analysis of advocacy in long-stay care settings, social engagement and networks of older adults, participation in hospital discharge, subjective experience of dementia
  • Long-term care - analysis of domiciliary care policies and cash-for-care programmes, study of the social and nutritional aspects of community meals provision and utilisation, policy discourse surrounding ageing-related care
  • Older adults interacting with other age and population groups - contributions of older adults in areas such as childcare and voluntary work, study of migrant workers in the elder care sectors
SRI International Center for Health Sciences

Stanford Research Institute

Menlo Park / CA USA Neurodegenerative Diseases Program (Parkinson‘s, Alzheimer‘s, and Gaucher disease) are in the focus of research at the SRI‘s Center for Health Sciences and SRI Biosciences. The aim is to determine the causes of such neurodegenerative diseases. Ageing research at the SRI is focused on blood pressure and cognition in the elderly, sleep apnea in elderly twins and more.

Research topics:

  • tobacco use across the lifetime, with particular emphasis on the multidimensionality of the nicotine dependence phenotype and identification of genetically informative dimensions of nicotine dependence
  • understanding the genetic and environmental causes of variation in neuropsychological task performance, and decline in performance with normal aging and covariation with brain morphology and midlife risk factors
Stanford / VA / NIA Aging Clinical Research Center (ACRC)

Stanford University

Palo Alto / CA USA ACRC focuses on Alzheimer‘s disease and memory losses associated with normal ageing.

Research topics:

  • Alzheimer‘s disease fundamental understanding
  • Alzheimer‘s disease progression over time
  • Alzheimer‘s disease response to treatments
  • Alzheimer‘s disease-generated problems of patients and caregivers
  • Memory losses associated with normal aging
Stanford / VA Alzheimer‘s Research Center

Stanford University

Palo Alto / CA USA The centre conducts research into causes and treatment of Alzheimer‘s disease and it offers information, referral services, and comprehensive diagnostic assessments of individuals with memory problems. It provides advanced caregiver support, intervention, community education, and professional training, and develop a central pool of information on Alzheimer‘s disease in California.

Research topics:

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Medication reassessment in Alzheimer‘s disease patients
  • Sleep disorders in Alzheimer‘s patients
  • Psychosocial factors in Alzheimer‘s disease progression
  • Sexuality in Alzheimer‘s disease
Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL)

Stanford University

Stanford / CA USA The mission of the centre is to redisgn long life by exploring the nature and development of the entire human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 in order to improve the well-being of people of all ages.

Research topics:

  • Mind - early detection of decline, behavioral and biological interventions, and decision aids
  • Mobility - promote lifelong mobility by preventing or reducing barriers to physical movement
  • Financial security - products, technologies, fraud and financial education that will help people better plan, save for their futures and guard against financial fraud
  • Demographics - economic and political implications of population ageing around the world as people live longer and have fewer children
The Center for Healthy Ageing

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park / PA USA The centre aims to advance the understanding of how social, psychological, and biological processes interact to confer either risk or resilience for the ageing individual.

Research topics:

  • Developmental methodology
  • Daily experiences
  • Health behaviors
  • Work-family health
  • Interventions for healthy ageing
formerly known as Penn State Gerontology Center
The Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer‘s Disease Research Center (Knight ADRC)

School of Medicine, Washington University

St. Louis / MO USA The Knight ADRC supports research of Alzheimer‘s Disease and other aging-related brain disorders.

Research topics:

  • Biomedical aspects
  • Clinical aspects
  • Genetic aspects
  • Neuroanatomical aspects
  • Neuropathological aspects
  • Neuropsychological aspects
  • Psychosocial aspects
The Parkinson‘s Institute and Clinical Center (The PI) Sunnyvale / CA USA The mission of ‘The PI‘ is to provide comprehensive patient care, while discovering new treatment options to improve the quality of life for all Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients.
Tulane Center for Aging

School of Medicine, Tulane University

New Orleans / LA USA The centre is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life of an aging population through research, education, and innovative approaches to healthcare and community planning and design.

Research topics:

  • Cardiovascular ageing
  • Endocrine function, obesity, and musculoskeletal aging
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Health systems
  • Immunosenescence
  • Neurocognitive ageing, neurodegeneration, and dementia
  • Proliferative Homeostasis, cancer, and ageing
  • Regenerative medicine and translation
  • Systems biology of ageing
UAB Center for Aging

University of Alabama

Birmingham / AL USA The UAB creates and uses knowledge that will optimize function, enhance management of illness, and reduce health disparities among older adults.

Research topics:

  • Clinical - mobility, muscle loss (sarcopenia), exercise, genito-urinary disorders such as incontinence, end-of-life and advanced illness care, Alzheimer‘s disease and other memory disorders, stroke, vision, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, age-related cancers, nutrition, and heart failure
  • Social and behavioral - interventions to prevent and treat age-related disorders and caregiver stress
  • Basic biomedical - molecular genetics and cellular biology of ageing and age-related diseases, such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer‘s disease, and osteoporosis
  • Public policy - health services delivery, economics of ageing, health care quality, long-term care, and transportation
  • Neuroscience - ageing and memory
UCLA Longevity Center

Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Los Angeles / CA USA The UCLA Longevity Center is dedicated to improving quality of life through the alleviation of age-related memory loss. The centre provides state-of-the-art cognitive and brain scanning assessments, programs for improving mental performance, and opportunities to volunteer for brain imaging and memory research.

Research topics:

  • Normal brain aging
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Alzheimer‘s disease (detection and intervention strategies)
formerly known as UCLA Memory and Aging Center
UCSD Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA)

University of California

San Diego / CA USA The Stein Institute is dedicated to the development and application of the latest advances in biomedical and behavioral science knowledge to issues of successful ageing and the prevention and reduction of the burden of disability and disease in late life.

Research topics:

  • Successful cognitive ageing
  • Succesful emotional ageing
UCSF Institute for Health & Aging (IHA)

School of Nursing, University of California

San Fransisco / CA USA The mission of the IHA is to optimize the health and ageing of individuals, communities, and society through research, education, and public service in the social and behavioral sciences.
UCSF Memory and Aging Center

Alzheimer‘s Disease Research Center (ADRC), University of California

San Francisco / CA USA The mission of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, conduct research on the causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and educate health professionals, patients, and their families.

Research topics:

  • Alzheimer‘s disease
  • Corticobasal degeneration
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Vascular dementia
  • Healthy ageing
USC Davis School of Gerontology & Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

University of Southern California

Los Angeles / CA USA The mission is to shed new light on the multiple processes of ageing and to better understand the implications of these processes for individuals, families, organizations, and society. The school is aimed at equipping future professionals in the field of ageing with the specific skills and knowledge necessary to respond effectively to the needs of an ageing population.

Research topics:

  • Demography
  • Molecular biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Public policy
  • Sociology
USC/UCLA Center of Biodemography & Population Health (CBPH)

Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California

Los Angeles / CA USA The aim of the CBPH is to provide a synergistic research environment for the integration and translation of research findings from a variety of disciplines such as epidemiology, clinical geriatrics, biostatistics, and biology into their effects on the health status of populations and the expected life cycles of individuals.
Virtual Institute of Neurodegeneration & Ageing

Helmholtz Association

Munich-Neuherberg Germany The Virtual Institute is an interactive platform for research and education in the field of neurosciences and is achieved to a better understanding of the pathogenic principles of neurodegenerative diseases via exploring their interaction with mechanisms of ageing in the central nervous system (CNS) in general.

Research topics:

  • Ca2+ Homeostasis
  • Stem cell maintenance
  • Damaged molecules
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction
  • Neuronal circuitry
Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (Wolfson CARD)

King‘s College London

London UK The research at the centre is aimed towards developing treatments for a number of age-related problems.

Research topics:

  • Neurodegeneration
  • Regeneration
  • Neurogenesis
  • Receptors, channels, and signalling
  • Pain
  • Genetics of Deafness