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Harvard affiliation

Advancing Aging Research through the HMS affiliate network

When the Institute for Aging Research became a Harvard Medical School (HMS) affiliate in 2008, it became the first and only HMS affiliate focused on geriatric and gerontological research. The affiliation recognized the contributions IFAR had made for more than 40 years to the clinical and research missions of HMS and one of its major teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The HMS affiliation has provided IFAR with the opportunity to grow and expand projects and collaborate with investigators from throughout HMS.

An important goal of IFAR’s Harvard affiliation is to strengthen the continuum of aging research, so that every scientist in laboratories affiliated with HMS will be inspired to apply their research to challenging problems facing our burgeoning elderly population.

All IFAR faculty have appointments at HMS providing access to:

  • All HMS facilities, including the Countway Library of Medicine, which maintains a large collection of journals, books, and other publications, and extensive online access to journals.
  • The HMS community, consisting of more than 20 basic science departments, along with linkages to 18 clinical affiliates.
  • One of the richest biomedical research infrastructures in the world. There are four major HMS teaching hospitals: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. 
  • The Harvard Catalyst, a pan-Harvard University program dedicated to improving human health.  It is a shared enterprise of Harvard University, Harvard’s 10 schools and its 18 Academic Healthcare Centers, as well as the Boston College School of Nursing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and numerous community partners.