Longevity and Successful Aging
The University of Pittsburgh Pepper Center’s mission is to expand the body of scientific knowledge, using disciplined inquiry and translational research, to improve how we maintain or restore the independence of older adults. The Pepper Center’s primary data collection and research training space is based in the SMART Center, located on the 12th floor of the Kaufmann Medical Building on the University of Pittsburgh’s main campus. The SMART Center features a 180-foot oval track, which is used in research for the measurement of qualitative and quantitative aspects of gait and for walking and balance-based exercise interventions.
The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System’s GRECC offers resources to expand the capability of the Veterans Administration to best respond to the medical, psychological, and social needs of older veterans. The GRECC aims to facilitate a higher quality of geriatric care through geriatric and gerontological research, the training of health personnel, and the development of improved models of clinical care for aging veterans.
The Aging Institute is a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC that is focused on promoting innovative research in aging. The Institute offers seed grant funding for promising junior faculty, encourages collaboration between researchers and clinicians to identify emerging issues in aging-related fields, and promotes the exchange of research ideas and information through research forums and publications.