The Geriatrics Center provides a rich, intellectual environment and many resources to support the work of researchers striving to learn more about aging and age-related diseases, with the goal of improving the health of older adults. These include:
- Fully equipped biomechanics and mobility research laboratories for study of mobility, strength, and balance, used for studies of how to improve the mobility of older individuals and reduce their chances of falling.
- The Biogerontology Laboratories of Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology research scientists located in the award-winning, state-of-the-art Biomedical Science Research Building. Laboratory research includes studies into the cellular, biological and genetic mechanisms of aging and age-related disease.
- Collaborative research into the ways in which aging changes immune defenses, memory and learning, and bone fragility. The research faculty works closely with other laboratory scientists and clinical scholars using the methods of genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, and cell biology to clarify the aging process and its effects on late-life illnesses.
- A highly respected educational program, supported by training grants from NIH, Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and others, to help medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty members keep up to date on the latest advances in geriatrics and allied branches of medical science.A Core Facility for Aged Rodents (CFAR), which provides U-M Geriatrics Center researchers with access to rare varieties of mice specially suited for studies of aging. CFAR rodents have been used in dozens of published scientific papers, and a mouse strain developed by CFAR has been selected by the National Institute on Aging for nationwide distribution to other medical schools and research institutes.The Research Education Core and Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core together provide high quality mentoring and pilot grant support to U-M junior faculty scientists who are already well trained in basic medical research and who wish to acquire the special skills needed to succeed in geriatric and biogerontology research. The Center takes special pride in the many researchers, supported by its training Cores, who have gone on to develop highly productive careers as medical scientists at the University of Michigan or other prestigious universities.
- The Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) of the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System is one of 20 national centers of excellence within the VA healthcare system that are designed for the advancement and integration of research, education and clinical achievements in geriatrics and gerontology in the total health care system. The goal of the Ann Arbor GRECC is to expand basic and applied knowledge of aging and health systems research and to transmit this knowledge to health professionals who provide care to aged veterans.The University of Michigan has been selected to receive a five-year, $3 million grant from the Paul F. Glenn Foundation to establish a national center of excellence in biogerontology research. The Glenn Center for Anti-Aging Medicine at U-M focuses on exploiting and expanding the growing evidence that drugs can slow aging and postpone diseases in animal models.