The mission of the Institute on Aging at the University of Florida is to promote the health, independence and quality of life of older adults through multidisciplinary research, education and health care. UF is home to a vibrant aging research community that spans 11 UF colleges as well as UF Health’s clinical campuses in Gainesville, Jacksonville and Central Florida. UF aging-related research strengths include mobility, pain, cognitive aging, memory and movement disorders, cancer, and physiology of aging, among others. In addition, UF Health’s artificial intelligence initiative and recent integration of The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology are fueling novel opportunities for advancing aging research.
Over the past two decades, the Institute on Aging and its affiliated faculty members have developed robust infrastructure and multidisciplinary teams advancing the full spectrum of aging research. Central to this infrastructure is the UF Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. Continuously funded by the National Institute on Aging since 2007, the UF Pepper Center operates comprehensive core resources that foster basic, translational and clinical research related to its theme of mobility and aging.
The Institute on Aging and affiliated teams are headquartered in the south wing of the 127,000-square-foot UF Clinical and Translational Research Building (CTRB). A LEED Platinum facility that opened in 2013, the CTRB also houses the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute and its Clinical Research Center; the departments of epidemiology and biostatistics; and clinical research teams spanning multiple colleges.