Research Education Programs

Gain research experience at one of the country’s largest gerontological research facilities in a clinical setting.

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Mentoring by Harvard Medical School Faculty

If you’re seeking a career in clinical research, or want to gain research experience as a pre-med student, you’ll find grant-funded opportunities at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research.

The Marcus Institute is the only clinical research organization focused solely on geriatrics that is affiliated with Harvard Medical School. With a $98 million grant portfolio, it ranks in the top 10% of institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Training Opportunities

Opportunities are available for undergraduates, medical students, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and others seeking to advance their skills in clinical research.

The Advanced Aging Research Training Seminar Series (AARTSS) is designed to prepare successful researchers in the field of aging. It is a based on a two-year curriculum that focuses on “hands-on" didactic sessions.

AARTSS provides a venue for cross-fertilization of ideas among investigators conducting aging-related research in various disciplines. Participants in AARTSS include Marcus Institute trainees, the T32 Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program, the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Geriatric Medicine fellowship program, the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Harvard Medical School community. Both faculty and participants represent a diversity of research areas that include biological, physiological, patient-oriented, and epidemiologic research.

Hebrew SeniorLife offers a two-year training program in Translational Research in Aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. The goal of the program is to provide highly qualified M.D. or Ph.D. fellows with outstanding geriatric basic science, clinical, and health care training, under the mentorship of experienced investigators in geriatric medicine and gerontology. Trainees are appointed as research fellows through Harvard University and have access to resources and expertise through the Marcus Institute. Learn more and download application materials.

Hebrew SeniorLife is pleased to be one of the mentor partnership programs for medical students who have been awarded a National Institute on Aging (NIA) Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) grant. The MSTAR Program provides medical students with an enriching experience in aging-related research in geriatrics over the course of a twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program by leading Marcus Institute researchers. MSTAR awardees are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations to the Annual Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society.

Qualified Harvard Medical School geriatric fellows may choose to pursue an optional second year of training focused on clinical research. Fellows choose an area of research focus and are paired with a faculty mentor from the Marcus Institute.

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