Programs and Centers

The University of Maryland Baltimore is home to a number of nationally recognized interdisciplinary and interprofessional research and education programs and centers in geriatrics and gerontology. The Centers and Programs foster collaboration among faculty and staff from the University’s six professional schools.

University of Maryland Center For Research on Aging
The center coordinates research and research training in those areas of gerontology that transcend traditional disciplinary lines and...

are amenable to an interdisciplinary approach to critical issues in aging research. The University of Maryland Center for Research on Aging was established as a result of the growth and development of collaborative research and training in critical areas of aging research and geriatric medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). The Center’s mission is to coordinate and focus research and research training in aging at UMB that transcend traditional disciplinary lines in gerontology.

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Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
The focus of the UMB Pepper Center is to determine the physiological, biomechanical, neuromuscular and metabolic mechanisms by...

which exercise rehabilitation affects functional performance, and facilitate the translation of novel rehabilitation strategies into interventions that will prevent the progression of chronic disease and disability with aging.The UMB OAIC promotes the conduct of multidisciplinary research in exercise rehabilitation of older people with Type 2 diabetes, obesity, hypertensionand osteoporosis to prevent stroke, CVD complications and hip fracture by providing the intellectual leadership and core resources to mentor the career development of junior faculty and trainees and develop collaborations with investigators that will translate innovative rehabilitation strategies into clinical trials to maintain functional independence and prevent the progression of chronic disease and disability with aging.

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Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)
The primary focus of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Baltimore VA Medical Center examines the...

hypothesis that functional declines in cardiovascular and metabolic function leading to the development of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) with aging are predominately related to the influence of sedentary lifestyle, environmental factors and disease, and not biological aging processes.

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Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging
The Lamy Center is dedicated to improving drug therapy for aging adults through innovative research, education, and clinical initiatives.

Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Organized Research Center
The Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan (BBAL) Organized Research Center investigates the management of disease, the optimization of health, and the ways in which biological findings can influence disease prevalence and progression.

Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR)
The Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program (GGEAR) is an interprofessional program which has been funded by the State of Maryland since 1987 for the purpose of enhancing health professional training in the field of geriatrics and gerontology.