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Healthy Aging Initiative



With the goal of breaking the traditional silos that occur within academic departments, the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging has provided an umbrella for bringing together faculty and trainees from varied disciplines, departments, and professional backgrounds to work collaboratively on different aspects of healthy aging.

For the first time in the history of any major university in the United States, the schools of medicine, engineering, management, and major divisions and institutes have come together to build a more age-friendly future.

We established the Healthy Aging Initiative (HAI), a cross campus initiative comprised of all four Schools (Medicine, Engineering, Pharmacy, and Management), all the four main campus Divisions (Biological, Social, and Physical Sciences, and Arts & Humanities), and four major ORUs (Qualcomm, Engineering in Medicine, Kavli, and Stein). This initiative includes innovative projects in cross-campus, multiprofessional, collaborative research; education; and partnerships with the community, industry, and state and county agencies.

Please check back to learn more about our ongoing projects, including an inaugural Symposium on Healthy Aging at UC San Diego.

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Healthy Aging Initiative Steering Committee

Shu Chien

Colin Depp
Department of Psychiatry

Wolfgang Dillmann
Department of Medicine

Lisa Eyler
Department of Psychiatry
Douglas Galasko
Department of Neurosciences

Vivian Hook
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Neurosciences
Department of Pharmacology

Stephanie Jed
Department of Literature

Dilip Jeste
Department of Psychiatry
Department of Neurosciences

Eduardo Macagno
Cell and Developmental Biology

Maria Marquine
Department of Psychiatry
Michele Morris
The Design Lab, UC San Diego
Don Norman
The Design Lab, UC San Diego

Steven Parish
Department of Anthropology
Ramesh Rao
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Christina Rivera-Garza
Department of Literature

David Schkade
Rady School of Management

Geert Schmid-Schoenbein
Nick Spitzer
Mark Thiemens