In September 1989, the University of Michigan established the nation's first Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. The overall goals of the U-M Pepper Center are to advance research on health care problems of the elderly and to train future academic leaders in geriatrics. Drawing on the large base of research currently underway in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology at the University of Michigan, the U-M Pepper Center fosters collaborative multidisciplinary research to integrate basic science, clinical science, and health services research relevant to the health care problems of older adults.
The specific goals of the U-M Pepper Center are:
- To support research that will improve understanding of how metabolic factors and inflammation interact with age-related diseases and comorbidities to determine key health outcomes related to mobility and functional status.
- To support translational research on the interaction of metabolic factors and inflammation with age-related diseases and comorbidities to improve health outcomes related to mobility and functional status.
- To provide Resource Cores that support and assist investigator-initiated projects related to the UM Pepper Center’s research focus.
- Through its Research Education Core (REC), to strengthen the UM environment for training of future academic leaders in geriatrics and aging who can conduct research related to the UM Pepper Center’s research focus.
- Through its Pilot and Exploratory Studies Core (PESC), to attract UM junior faculty, as well as selected senior faculty not previously involved in aging research, to develop new research projects related to the UM Pepper Center’s research focus.