About the Columbia Aging Center

Never before have people enjoyed life expectancy beyond age 80. Now, it is becoming commonplace in countries all around the world. With these extra years come many challenges to ensure that people are living not only longer lives, but rich lives filled with purpose and good health that benefit all generations and society at large.

Through innovation in science, policy, and practice, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, under the direction of Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, seeks to develop the knowledge base necessary to inform aging-related health and social policy locally, nationally, and globally, in addition to train a new generation of thought leaders to address issues facing societies of longer lives. 

The Center is composed of two major branches:

The Aging Lab
The lab conducts disciplinary and interdisciplinary basic research aimed at deciphering the systemic nature of the aging process and the positive plasticity of the aging process and its limits.

The International Longevity Center (ILC)
The ILC develops policy measures, educates and launches interventions at the individual and societal level to help further optimize aging. The ILC is part of a consortium that has a global reach, partnering with 13 ILCs from around the globe from Tokyo to Paris to Cape Town.