We have a lot to be grateful for at the Center on Aging and Health, despite the difficult coronavirus pandemic times.
The Center’s programs and researchers continue to marshal new scientific insights in the field of aging and clinical excellence, supporting fellows and trainees in superb educational programs, and gaining international recognition as we strive to deliver the promise of medicine. Here are a few accomplishments this year for which we are grateful:
- Most recently, our researchers identified a link between severe social isolation in older adults and biological indicators associated with accelerated aging, yielding a connection with higher mortality and morbidity rates. This finding implies that, especially now, keeping older adults engaged and connected with their friends, families, and loved ones is critical to health, wellbeing, and longevity. Thomas Cudjoe, a nationally recognized expert in social cohesion and social isolation, lead the research team. You can read the paper about it here.
- The Center’s principal investigators in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging, Translational Aging Research, Health Services Outcomes for Aging Populations, and Age-Related Cognitive Disorders have remained active in their T32 training programs, providing access to cutting-edge studies and mentoring fellows in rigorous academic programs. Read about our training programs here.
- COAH’s director, Dr. David L. Roth, received the Gerontological Society of America’s M. Powell Lawton award, recognizing his outstanding achievements in applied methodological research. His research has benefited countless older adults and caregivers around the world. You can read more about his amazing accomplishments and top research papers here.
- The Accelerometry Resource Core launched this year, paving the way for new wearable medical technology to advance and inform science research and clinical trials. Check out their website here.
Moreover, COAH is very fortunate that federal funding covers most of our programs. Yet there have been gaps, and we are thankful to private donors who have filled them. In particular, private donations support junior researchers who may need financial assistance to defray conference registration fees, among other things. If you are in a position to make a tax-deductible gift, please visit Support COAH.
In this season of giving thanks, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your interest in our work.