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Redefining the aging experience one breakthrough at a time.

For more than 50 years, the Institute for Aging Research has been challenging conventional wisdom to better understand how we age. The questions we ask – and the answers we uncover – directly impact standards of care and help seniors live more vital, meaningful lives.

IFAR is one of the largest gerontological research facilities in a clinical setting in the U.S. Our decades-long relationship with Harvard Medical School has attracted expert teaching staff and top-notch research fellows. Our research portfolio ranks us in the top 15% of institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health, and ranks number one among hospital-based geriatric research facilities.

Because IFAR operates within the Hebrew SeniorLife system, our researchers work in close proximity to more than 3,000 seniors each day, many of whom volunteer to participate in our studies. Their needs, struggles, and challenges drive our work. And our results are used to develop services, programs, and best practices in the treatment of common conditions associated with aging.