About the IOA

About the IOA

The University of Pennsylvania's Institute on Aging was created in 1979 to improve the health of the elderly by increasing clinical and basic research as well as educational programs focusing on normal aging and age-related diseases across the entire Penn campus.

In FY 2019, Penn ranked seventh highest for total research funding received from the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Aging (NIA). Current research projects are wide-ranging, investigating neurodegenerative diseases, frailty, longevity, and geroscience, among other areas.

As part of its mission to promote educational programs on aging, the IOA hosts several events each year highlighting the latest research in aging, many of which are open to the public.