The Center for Healthy Aging is working to help the body repair itself as it grows synergy between Augusta University and the community.
CHA has two primary parts: Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience. Each of these cross-cutting components include:
It is the only center of its kind in the Southeast that integrates research and clinical expertise in musculoskeletal, neurological, and orofacial repair to address critical unmet needs in the treatment and management of traumatic injury and degenerative disease.
This year's symposium included several topics related to aging research. Divided into four sessions, topics included Advances in bone biology & nutrition, Research on brain aging, dementia, and neurodegeneration, and Collaborative research & funding opportunities.
Ultimately, the development of this Center will also require expansion of the clinical program in Geriatric Medicine with recruitment of a Section Chief in Geriatrics and one or two faculty slots. This will assist in development of the translational component of CHA and also establishment of a comprehensive Center where geriatric patients can come for their clinical care and also provide a pool for recruitment into clinical trials.