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At the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Harvard Medical School-affiliated researchers uncover answers to the most pressing challenges of aging.

Changing the Standard of Care

Aging happens to all of us. That’s why it's essential to challenge what we think we know about human aging. The Marcus Institute is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and we partner with leading research organizations around the world. Our research portfolio ranks us in the top 10 percent of institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Our Vision and Innovation

The Marcus Institute has been focused on finding answers to the concerns of older adults since before geriatrics formally started as a specialty. Throughout our history, we have challenged common assumptions about aging and uncovered innovative treatments and best practices that help seniors live longer, more active, and more fulfilling lives.

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Who We Are

With senior faculty who are renowned investigators and a pipeline of talented mid-level and junior faculty bringing exciting new ideas, skills, and energy to the Marcus Institute, we are poised to continue our important contributions to the health and well-being of older adults for decades to come.

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Would you like to take part in research about how people age, and how we can improve quality of life as we get older? The Marcus Institute often seeks participants for clinical trials about cognitive impairment, falls, fractures, and more.

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Research Areas

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Biomarkers and Genetics

The Marcus Institute is uncovering the human genetics of age-related disease to allow for more personalized treatments.

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Brain Health

Our brains control not just thinking and cognition, but all our body systems. The Marcus Institute is seeking ways to prevent, reverse, treat, and manage brain-related changes in the functioning of older adults. 

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Data Science and Technology

Biostatisticians and data scientists at the Marcus Institute collaborate with clinical investigators to design and conduct clinical trials and observational studies in aging.

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Health Care Services and Policy

Through our research, the Marcus Institute seeks to effect broad change in policies that impact the care of adults by developing interventions to improve health care quality and reduce costs.

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Our bodies process medications differently as we age. As a result, Marcus Institute researchers are examining how to use medications to support quality of life as we age, while avoiding the risks that can come with prescription drugs.

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Physical Health and Function

Maintaining physical function is key to independent living and a fulfilling lifestyle at all stages of life. The Marcus Institute is researching the best ways to retain health, strength, and mobility in older adults.

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2023-2024 Postdoctoral Position Applications Now Open

Three postdoctoral positions are available for the Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program, funded by the Marcus Institute's NIA Institutional Research Training Grant. Award recipients may be eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Funding supports salary, mentored research activities, coursework, and seminars. Letters of intent are due November 10, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.

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