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Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program

The Harvard Translational Research in Aging Postdoctoral Training Program offers a two-year training program 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 Medical School and have access to resources and expertise through the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. 

The AARTSS program is based on a two-year curriculum with monthly seminars held from September through June, generally on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 4:00 to 5:30. 

For more information and enrollment, please contact course directors, Lisa Samelson, PhD [ ] and Mara Schonberg, MD [


Our program and its ongoing evaluation and quality improvement is guided by a Logic Model that sets forth program objectives, activities to achieve them, and expected outcomes.

T32 Logic Model

Trainees will have the opportunity to participate in the following Programs:  

Advanced Aging Research Training Seminar Series (AARTSS) 

The main objective of AARTSS is to provide practical instruction to trainees conducting aging-related research at the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Harvard Multi-campus Geriatric Medicine fellowship program, the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), and throughout the Harvard Medical School community. Both faculty and participants represent a diversity of research areas that include biological, physiological, patient-oriented, and epidemiologic research. Thus, another goal of AARTSS is to provide a venue for cross-fertilization of ideas among investigators conducting aging-related research in various disciplines. 

Interdisciplinary Research in Aging (IRA) 

The IRA curriculum aims to help trainees develop skills in communicating across multiple disciplines and use multidisciplinary perspectives and tools to design and conduct translational research. 

Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds

The Geriatric Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds lectures cover a broad range of timely and clinically important topics. Speakers are drawn from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and other regional and national institutions.

​Harvard Catalyst Courses and Responsible Conduct of Research

2020 Cycle Is Now CLOSED 

Postdoctoral Positions in Translational Aging Research

Three postdoctoral positions are available on an NIA funded Institutional Research Training Grant titled, “Harvard Translational Research in Aging Training Program”. While funding is for two years, this grant is up for renewal beginning May 2021. There is a two year training commitment, but the second year is dependent on continued funding by NIH. Funding should begin sometime between May 1 and September 1, 2020.

Award recipients may be eligible to apply for the NIH Loan Repayment Program. Additional information regarding this program can be found at:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

This funding supports salary, mentored research activities, coursework, and seminars. Trainees may also apply for loan forgiveness. Areas of research include the following:

  • Vascular mechanisms of skeletal fragility
  • HR-pQCT bone microarchitecture imaging
  • Mechanisms and preventive interventions for falls and mobility impairments (e.g. transcranial direct current stimulation and Tai Chi exercises)
  • Vascular aging and blood pressure regulation
  • Epidemiology, genomics/bioinformatics, imaging and nutritional aspects of bone and muscle 
  • Gait and balance                                  
  • Cerebrovascular pathophysiology and imaging                                
  • Palliative Care / Health Policy / Shared Decision Making
  • Delirium measurement, pathophysiology, and interventions
  • Nutritional interventions and metabolomics in cognitive aging and dementia prevention 
  • Blood-brain barrier and neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders                        
  • Predicting functional outcomes
  • Diseases in Older Adults: Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease Diabetes, Parkinson’s, Cardiovascular Disease, Osteoarthritis
  • Biology of Aging
  • Gut microbiome
  • Spinal degeneration, osteoarthritis, disc disease, hyperkyphosis, vertebral fracture
  • Frailty assessment to improve outcomes of drug therapy and surgical procedures
  • Design, monitoring, and analysis of clinical trials in aging
  • Data science and software development as applied to observational and interventional science in aging

Candidates are encouraged to submit a CV and Letter of Intent (1-2 pages) indicating their interest and if mentor is predetermined or they seek to be matched with a mentor by. One email with the letter and CV should be sent to: All final applications require a mentor and are due Monday June 15, 2020.

2020 T32 Application Guidelines  |  2020 T32 Application Cover Sheet


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