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Training

Translational Research in Aging Training Program

The Gerontology Division sponsors a Translational Research in Aging Training Program, conducted by faculty in the field of aging research throughout Harvard Medical School. The program is directed by Dr. Lewis Lipsitz, MD, a well-established clinical investigator and Chief of the BIDMC Gerontology Division, and co-directed by Dr. Konstantin Khrapko, a prominent basic scientist and leader in mitochondrial aging. The Program will support new investigators in the field of aging to help address the health issues of our rapidly aging population.
 
Three post-doctoral candidates are accepted each year into this two- year program, which is funded by an NIH T32 grant. Trainees are mentored by experienced researchers with a wide range of interest and expertise from basic cellular and molecular biology to clinical research. This multidisciplinary program reflects the range of perspectives in aging research and nurtures collaboration among trainees. Trainees may also apply for loan forgiveness.

The program also offers a 12-week summer research experience and didactic program for three predoctoral candidates.

Our Research mentors' areas of interest include:

  • Biology of aging and mitochondrial mutations
  • Cerebrovascular and cardiovascular aging
  • Delirium and dementia
  • Depression and mental health
  • Epidemiology, genetics and nutritional aspects of bone and muscle
  • Gait, balance, foot biomechanics and falls
  • Health disparities
  • Palliative Care / Health Policy
  • Skeletal imaging