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Aging and Health

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Funded by the National Institute on Aging, P30-AG021334

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Center Overview
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Walston, MD 
Co-Principal Investigator: Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD

Frailty is recognized as an age-related condition in which older adults lose the capacity to cope with stressors and become vulnerable to functional decline, loss of independence, and mortality. Since its original funding in 2003, the novel approaches of the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) have helped to demonstrate that frailty is a syndrome caused by multiple biological mechanisms that are expressed through characteristics of decreased resiliency and reserve in older adults. Frailty research provides a highly productive framework for clinical, population-based and biological discovery and for the development of junior investigators for academic careers in frailty and aging research. 

The mission of the JHU OAIC is to provide a hypothesis-driven, frailty-focused, highly interdisciplinary center where supported investigators receive the expertise, resources, and training necessary to make fundamental discoveries related to the origins and causes of frailty and then move these discoveries towards frailty-focused interventions.

cores.jpgThe JHU OAIC has six cores that work synergistically to accomplish these goals. Please click here to learn more about the key functions and projects of each core.

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OAIC NEWS

Dr. Reyhan Westbrook, OAIC Postdoctoral Fellow, awarded 1st prize at the 7th Annual Research on Aging Showcase in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (More)

OAIC-led symposium presented at the 2014 International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research in Barcelona (More)

OAIC Investigators identify multiple genetic loci significantly associated with inflammatory markers in older adults (More)

Dr. Walston receives 2013 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging (More)

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Announcements

Please click here to learn about our Pepper Scholars Program, a monthly collaborative initiative for supported investigators and all interested in ongoing aging research at the Johns Hopkins OAIC.

Please click here for more information about the Frailty Assessment Tool.

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