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We are honored to be Florida’s first Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.

At 18.1 percent, Florida has the largest proportion of persons age 60 years or older in the nation, and this age group represents the fastest growing segment of the population in the country. Therefore it is critical that we, as the University of Florida Institute on Aging, address the health concerns of this portion of our population. In this spirit, we are proud to have received funding from the National Institute on Aging to establish the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC).

The mission of the UF-OAIC is to assess the risk factors of physical disability in older adults, develop and test effective prevention therapies, and train new investigators in research on aging and disability, while developing their leadership qualities.

Our center’s research theme of “sarcopenia and prevention of disability” is pursued using an interdisciplinary approach that traverses the entire spectrum of biomedical investigation, including molecular biology, animal studies, clinical research, behavioral sciences and epidemiology.

This research theme addresses the general goal of the OAIC program, namely to increase scientific knowledge that leads to better ways to maintain or restore independence of older persons.

To address our overall objectives, the OAIC includes several integrated Cores, which support investigators, Junior Scholars, infrastructure, and services: the Leadership and Administrative Core, the Research Career Development Core, the Pilot/Exploratory Studies Core, the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core, the Clinical Research Core, the Metabolism and Translational Science Core, and the Data Science Core.

If interested in participating in our research studies, please call 1-866-386-7730 or email