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Welcome From The Director

Heather E. Whitson, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) & Ophthalmology
Director, Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

The Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development is a multi-disciplinary hub for the promotion of healthy aging across the lifespan and management of social and medical complexities in late life. With more than 126 affiliated faculty members from across the University and Medical Center, and millions of dollars annually in aging-related research funding, the Center is a vital national resource for the study of aging.

Current research includes: studies of resilience to late-life stressors; age-related functional decline; genomic, proteomic and metabolomic biomarkers of aging; exercise; osteoporosis; Alzheimer’s disease; cancer and aging; viral diseases of aging; depression in later life; caregiver stress; and religion/spirituality and health.  The Center is also dedicated to advanced training and innovative education for the next generation of gerontologists and geriatricians, and to expanding and enhancing the field of aging-related research at Duke and beyond.