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About the Center

Our Goal

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.


Our Mission

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.


Our Accomplishments

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. 

Center leaders also have three NIH training grants:

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.