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Research at the IOA is featured in each issue of the IOA newsletter, Aging News.

Current research projects include:

  • MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.)

    This ongoing longitudinal project administered by the IOA is following behavioral, psychological, social, and biological aging of U.S. residents between ages 25 and 85. This major study is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves researchers from many universities throughout the U.S. Originated in 1995 with 7000 respondents, MIDUS was one of the first large-scale studies to link psychosocial and behavioral factors to health, including a comprehensive array of biological and neurological assessments. The MIDUS data are publicly available and are used by scientists from around the world to understand pathways to healthy and unhealthy aging. See the MIDUS website for information about accessing the public data, for a database of academic publications that have used MIDUS data, and for MIDUS newsletters that outline some of the research results for the general public. MIDUS is led by Carol Ryff, Ph.D., Director of the Institute on Aging.

  • Osteoporosis Clinical Center & Research Program

    Osteoporosis was once thought to be an inevitable result of getting old. However, it is now recognized to be a treatable disease that can often be prevented. It affects about 20-25 million Americans and is more common in women. Approximately 50% of Caucasian women and 25% of Caucasian men will have an osteoporotic fracture sometime during their life. Treatment related to these fractures costs approximately $14 billion annually in the United States; a cost projected to exceed $60 billion by the year 2030. Studies are being conducted to evaluate ways to improve diagnosis and treatment and to assess the role that nutrition may play in the development, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis. This program is led by Neil Binkley, M.D., Associate Director of the Institute on Aging.

  • Research by IOA Affiliated Faculty & Scientists

    IOA has over 70 faculty affiliates in 30 academic departments at the UW-Madison, who study diverse aspects of the aging process. Click for information about their research listed by affiliate name or by research topic.

    The School of Medicine and Public Health maintains a video library that includes lectures by many of our affiliates. See a list of available videos by presenter or by category.

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