The Center on Aging and Health (COAH) was established in 1998 as a center of excellence for aging research at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. It is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins schools of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing. Other core sponsors include the departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, and Mental Health.
COAH is home to an interdisciplinary group of research faculty from all three schools, as well as the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (Pepper Center) and other key research programs.
COAH also houses training programs in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging, and in Clinical and Population-based Research on Aging, as well as the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Certificate in Gerontology program.
COAH is a focal point for interdisciplinary aging research and training at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. COAH aims to establish a critical mass of cutting-edge, multidisciplinary science designed to optimize health in aging and to provide the necessary expertise and infrastructure for the sustainable conduct of such research and its translation into improving the health of older adults. COAH also serves as a training ground for the next generation of researchers on aging.
The goal of COAH is to promote the intellectual interactions that are essential to creative approaches to solving the important health and health care problems for an aging population. The core research in COAH involves population-based and clinical research on the causes and consequences of diseases, frailty and disability in older adults, characterizing groups at risk of adverse health outcomes, identifying causes and developing methods for screening and prevention.
Research at COAH covers the full spectrum of aging research, from the biology of aging to health policy, facilitating the translation of research discoveries into applications that will directly improve the health of older adults. COAH provides key infrastructure, such as the Biostatistics Core, that supports clinical- and population-based research and education, with expertise in research with older adults.
COAH's core research facility is located on the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus at 2024 East Monument Street, Suite 2-700, focusing on older adults’ health from a population-based perspective. The clinical care and geriatric health services research-focused site is located on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus on the 7th floor of the Mason F. Lord building.
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