Marcus Institute Research Areas
A unique interdisciplinary approach to the complex process of aging
Addressing a Pressing Need for Answers to the Challenges of Aging
Every day in the United States, 10,000 people turn 65. By 2050, older adults will represent nearly 25 percent of the population. And in 2020, Medicare represented 10% of the total federal budget at nearly $700 billion.
More older people means greater numbers of people struggling with conditions of aging, including Alzheimer’s and related dementias, osteoporosis, mobility challenges, frailty, and more. It also means more families are thrust into the role of caregiver. An aging population will place even more stress on an already strained system.
The need has never been greater for the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research’s focus on healthy longevity. Uncovering new ways to improve quality of life as we age will reduce individual suffering and lessen the burden on our health care system.
Exploring the Most Common Conditions in Older Adults
The complex biological process of aging requires integrating many different areas of expertise and research focus under one roof.
For example, researchers focused on musculoskeletal conditions, brain function, frailty, and data science come together at the Marcus Institute to explore the function of multiple systems of the human body in order to find the causes of falls in older adults, and ways to prevent this common and potentially serious concern.
Some of the conditions being addressed by researchers at the Marcus Institute include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cardiovascular disease
Keep reading to learn more about our six key research areas.
Our brains control not just thinking and cognition, but all our body systems. At the Marcus Institute we’re seeking ways to prevent, reverse, treat, and manage brain-related changes in the functioning of older adults.
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.
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.
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.
Physical Health and Function
Maintaining physical function as we age is key to living independently and continuing 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.
Join a Research Study
Improving the experience of aging depends on volunteers like you to take part in clinical trials. See what studies are currently recruiting and how you can participate.
The goal of this study is to learn about the relationship between antioxidants (commonly found in blueberries) and motivation to exercise. Researchers think that supplementing one's diet with antioxidants on a daily basis may be a practical way to reduce inflammation and improve lack of motivation to exercise.
Berries and Steps Study Faculty
The goal of the study is to determine whether the senolytic medications Dasatinib and Quercetin can reduce senescent cells, increase mobility (walking speed), and improve memory in older adults.
America’s Aging Crisis
With increasing numbers of adults turning 65, the need to improve the care of seniors has never been more important.
of those over age 80 have at least one disability in self-care, household activity, or mobility
Americans have Alzheimer’s disease
of older adults report taking four or more prescription drugs