About the Center
The goal of the Organized Research Center (ORC) in Gerontology is to enhance involvement and collaboration among faculty at the University's six health professional schools and expand the conduct of interdisciplinary research and research training in gerontology through collaborations among investigators in aging research at teh University of Maryland, Baltimore, the University of Maryland's campuses at College Park and Baltimore County, the Veterans Administration, adn the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Center works closely with the campus' Geriatrics and Gerontology Education Research (GGEAR) Program to advance the growth of research, educational, and clinical programs in aging at UMB.
The mission of the ORC in Gerontology is to: 1) facilitate, amplify and enrich research in gerontology and geriatrics; 2) provide outstanding research training and educational opportunities in gerontology for graduate students and health professionals; and 3) enhance delivery of excellent multidisciplinary geriatric care that prevents functional and mental disability in the elderly, and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
The Center has become a national and international leader in aging research as a result of its accomplishments and exponential growth over the past 19 years with the award of five federally funded, peer-reviewed Centers of Excellence to its investigators.
- Baltimore Hip Studies Program (1982-present)
- Baltimore VA Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC, 1992-present)
- UM Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (UM-OAIC, 1994-2021)
- Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC, 2005-2020)
- Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (2005-2017)
Center leaders also have three NIH training grants:
- NIA T32 Epidemiology of Aging Training grant
- NIDDR T32 Advanced Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Training grant
- VA Advanced Fellowship in Geriatrics
Since its inception in 1998, the total funding for the Center has increased significantly when total funding in 1999 was $2.7 million, to nearly $62 million in 2017.