The Institute on Aging (IoA) is a pan-university initiative sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research. It promotes basic and applied research on topics related to aging, serves as an information and education resource about aging issues, and seeks to influence the development and implementation of public policy that addresses the needs of older adults. To that end, the Institute offers seed-money grants to stimulate new research and educational programs, and sponsors lectures and conferences for scholars, service providers, and the community at large.
The Institute is directed by John R. Nesselroade, a leading authority on quantitive research methods in the field of lifespan development and the aging process. Its Advisory Board is comprised of faculty from the UVA schools of Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Nursing. The IoA also engages in partnerships at both the international and community levels, to stimulate cross-cultural and translational approaches to the study of aging.
The primary mission of the University of Virginia Institute on Aging is to understand and enhance the aging process throughout the human lifespan. It acts as a catalyst and coordinator for interdisciplinary research, education, and service programs within the University.
- In the area of research, the primary goal is to promote basic and applied research on topics related to aging.
- In the area of education, the primary goals are to serve as an information resource about aging issues, and to contribute to providing comprehensive education in gerontology and innovative practice in geriatrics.
- In the area of service, the primary goal is to influence the development and implementation of public policy on aging, and assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies addressing the needs of older adults.