To establish a nationally prominent research program in aging with an emphasis on translational research ("bench to bedside to population").
To gather information regarding existing research on healthy aging and age-related disease at MUSC
First Related Strategy - Strengthen the existing Center on Aging to build a comprehensive Aging Research Network (ARN) on the MUSC campus.
Second Related Strategy - Identify and coordinate existing scientific efforts in research on aging and age-related diseases at MUSC.
To build an infrastructure that supports and expands research on healthy aging and age-related disease at MUSC.
First Related Strategy - Build on existing infrastructure (the Center on Aging) to create a governance structure that can update, follow, and enhance existing research. Second Related Strategy - Establish an annual research conference to be hosted by the Center for Aging, on Healthy Aging and age-related diseases with a focus on translational research of interest to MUSC investigators.
To expand research on healthy aging and age-related disease at MUSC
First Related Strategy - Provide seed money to establish and encourage collaborative research that would lead to: The development of Centers of Excellence in specific age-related areas;
- Increased efforts in translational and outcomes-related research;
- Increased opportunities for participation in clinical research for disadvantaged aging populations.
The research on aging at MUSC has expanded significantly during the last 6-7 years. The total funded grants (NIH and other) on aging was approximately 3.5 million dollars in 1996, and during the current year this number has expanded to more than 15 million dollars, making aging one of the most successful funding areas at MUSC. The most significant increase has been seen in NIH-supported funding. The reason for this expansion is due, in part, to recruitment of new faculty in the field, but also to efforts to secure programmatic funding by existing research groups. If pending grants are funded, this number will increase to more than 18 million dollars per year in 2004. In addition, fundraising for aging and age-related disease has also increased significantly during the last 5 years, suggesting that this is an area that receives more attention, both locally and nationally. Hence, a coordinated research effort on aging is under way but more coordination and space allocation is needed to build the infrastructure necessary for a successful and expansive effort in this field at MUSC, and also to include dissemination of research results to the general public and to health professions.
Second Goal- Healthy Aging Work Group
Third Goal- Healthy Aging Work Group