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Institute of Gerontology

IOGThe Institute of Gerontology is a multidisciplinary research institute that dedicates research in the behavioral and social sciences and cognitive neuroscience to issues of aging and urban health. The Wayne State University Board of Governors created the Institute of Gerontology in 1965 in response to a mandate of the State of Michigan. The primary mission in that era was to engage in research, education, and service in the field of aging.

Faculty members multidisciplinary research includes collaboration with Wayne State University’s Department of Psychology, Department of Economics, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Medical Anthropology Program, Department of Health Care Sciences, and externally with Institute of Social Research the University of Michigan and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development to name a few. Faculty members are also mentors to Pre-doctoral trainees and Post-doctorate fellows. The IOG has received funding from a variety of sources to support aging research including National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the Retirement Research Foundation.

The faculty of the Institute of Gerontology conduct independent research and work with other university departments, institutes, and centers in collaborative research projects. Institute investigators receive funding from a variety of public and private agencies and foundations and publish their work in a variety of academic journals.] The Institute regularly hosts a wide range of seminars, roundtables, colloquia, programs and other events which address numerous aspects of aging.