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Welcome to the UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology 

Our Mission: To optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, inspired teaching, and transformative research. 

Our Vision:  To create a better world for aging people. 

We are ranked 13th out of more than 1500 national programs in "2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report"


It is our great pleasure to announce that Maria Marquine, PhD is joining the faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology as Director of Disparities Research. Dr. Marquine is a neuropsychologist investigating risk and protective factors for neurocognitive decline among older Hispanics/Latinos. In addition to her research program, she has been a mentor in several educational programs, many of which are focused on supporting under-represented minority trainees from various levels of training. Her expertise has been recognized by leadership positions including current Chair of the Science Task Force of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, reviewer of the US National Academy of Medicine Healthy Longevity Global Competition and honors such as being selected as an NIA Butler-Williams Scholar and a UCSD Hispanic Center of Excellence Scholar and National Center for Leadership in Academic Medicine Scholar.

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​Join us in helping seniors live their best lives longer. Addressing the needs of our older adults is important now more than ever! Your donations ensure that our research and clinical care keep pace with the needs of our community and ensure our initiatives to further educate the geriatrics work force remain strong and expand. 

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Our generous donors support geriatrics/aging research and education. To learn more about our donors, click here.


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Division News

What is the time to benefit of statin therapy for primary
prevention of cardiovascular events in adults aged 50 to 75 years? Researchers conducted a meta-analysis in hopes of pinning down the time to benefit (TTB) of statin therapy for primary prevention of cardiovascular (CV) events in older adults. Click here to read Dr. Yourman's publication at JAMA Internal Medicine "Evaluation of Time to Benefit of Statins for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Events in Adults Aged 50 to 75 Years. A Meta-analysis".

UCSD Geriatrics #13 in the nation!
Thanks to everyone for their part in getting us to this wonderful place!  We are proud to be ranked #13 among geriatrics programs in USNWR! Our division’s mission is to optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, inspired teaching and transformative research. In the last year, UCSD became the first healthcare system in San Diego to be recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as an Age-Friendly Health System-Committed to Care Excellence and our population health programs keep seniors healthy, supported and safe in their communities. 

Do you want to learn more about the UCSD Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology? Divison Chief, Alison Moore, MD, MPH, FACP, AGSF and Chief of Clinical Services, Khai Nguyen, MD, MHS discuss the importance of age-friendly clinical care, the journey that led us to rank #13 among Geriatrics programs in the Nation, teaching and research efforts. Featured on UCSD TV. Click here to watch.

Dr. Molina from UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, among with Rusty Gage, Martin Hetzer and Tatyana Sharpee of Salk Institute, Malene Hansen and Peter Adams of Sanford Burnham Prebys, will lead the key research and development cores of the San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC), a consortium with Salk Institure, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the University of California San Diego (UC San Diego), to study cellular and tissue aging in humans. The Center will be funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health expected to total $5 million over the next 5 years (NIA grant number P30AG068635). Salk Professor Gerald Shadel led the successful grant proposal and will be director of the center. Read more here.

Looking for COVID-19 resources specific to older adults? Visit our resources page here


Researchers at UC San Diego are investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and productivity of early career scientists. The goal is to identify factors that might promote success and prevent the broadening of disparities in the research workforce. 

We invite post-doctoral fellows and early career faculty (rank no higher than Assistant Professor or equivalent) to complete an online survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes. All responses are confidential. Participants will be entered in a raffle for a $25 gift card. Click here to participate!

The new San Diego Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging,
a collaboration between Salk, SBP, and UCSD, website is live! Check it out!

GRC Seminar Series is back with an exciting fall and winter schedule. We regularly distribute our newsletter informing our community about research opportunities, publications and local events. Career development and training pertaining to gerontology research are also provided.  
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Funding Opportunities

ADRD Pilot Project Funding: The San Diego AD-RCMAR is now accepting applications for pilot projects up to $35,000 focused on ADRD for the 2021-22 academic year. Applications are due Monday, December 21, 2020. To learn more, click here.  

The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation is a California non-profit public benefit corporation funded to support medical research in the areas of diabetes mellitus and diseases associated with aging. The Foundation has made three funding opportunities available:

Start-Up Grant: to qualified researchers to initiate independent research careers in one of the two areas of stated interest to the Hillblom Foundation. Maximum Funding$70,000 per year Application Deadline January 29, 2021

Fellowship Grant: to enable Qualified Institutions to provide post-doctoral research fellowship training to qualified applicants in one of the two areas of stated interest to the Hillblom Foundation. Maximum Funding$65,000 per year Application Deadline January 29, 2021

Network Grant: to facilitate interaction between a network of researchers. It is anticipated that these investigators will be independently funded and have demonstrated productivity in their own field. Maximum Funding$300,000 per year LOI Deadline January 29, 2021. Full Application Deadline August 27.

HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative Scholarship Opportunity
The NIH-funded Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) and Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) AGING Initiative is launching a new Clinical Scholars Program intended to catalyze an expansion of interdisciplinary research relevant to the science of Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs). The program will create a cohort of emerging leaders who are committed to pursuing training and collaborative opportunities to align their research interests and agendas with issues relevant to the health and healthcare of older adults with MCCs. 
Applications Due: January 8, 2021 at 11:59pm ET
Selected Scholars Notified: February 17, 2021
MCCs Scholars Workshop: April 28-29, 2021
The online application can be found by clicking here.

NIA Concepts Newly Approved: Check the NIA blog listing areas that may turn into funding announcements in the future.


Fellowship: The UC San Diego Geriatrics Fellowship Program trains up to three fellows per year. Find out more about our program and our 2020-21 fellows here.

Fellows kicked off the new academic year with a successful "boot camp" orientation and a socially-distanced visit to the beach as part of their wellness curriculum!

More Information

Geriatrics Grand Rounds: Join us for our monthly series, with a range of talks from experts in the Geriatrics field. Next session will be on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. To obtain log-in information, please email 

lmproving Geriatrics Education in the Community: SDSU and UCSD are co-leads on a Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant to continue the San Diego/Imperial Geriatric Education Center and its important work   educating local communities on Alzheimer's Disease and geriatrics!

Looking for a good read? You might enjoy Dr. Louise Aronson's book titled: “Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life"We were fortunate to host Dr. Aronson on the UCSD campus with a lunch event that brought together over 100 community members!

We are tremendously grateful to the Hollander Trust for their generous donation in support of our geriatrics fellowship program in memory of Dr. Trude Hollander.