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Welcome to the UW–Madison Institute on Aging!

Our center is a hub of cutting-edge research on health and well-being as individuals travel across the decades of adult life.  We look outward to broad influences of class, culture, and race/ethnicity as well as inward to fine-grained influences of biology, genetics, and neuroscience.  Between these two, we examine proximal influences from work and family life, personal thoughts and feelings, and health practices and behaviors. Collectively, our work:

  • Emphasizes the potential and strengths of individuals as they age
  • Improves understanding of pathways to disease and impairments of growing older
  • Advances knowledge of resilience in the face of challenge and adversity

Latest Newsletters

Our newsletters inform researchers and members of the general public about current advances coming out of UW research on aging and national research from IOA’s Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study. Visit our Newsletters page to learn more.

IOA Newsletter

Aging News

Cover Story: Risk of Obesity Varies by Social Status Across the Life Course

MIDUS Newsletter

Purpose in Life

Purpose Newsletter Front Page

A woman joyfully hula hooping outside against a bright blue sky. IOA Annual Colloquium

Thursday, September 22, 2022

This event has been rescheduled to 2022 due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get Involved!

Check out our calendar to see what’s happening at the Institute on Aging.


T32 Training Grant: Biology of Aging & Age Related Diseases

The Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases T32 Training Grant is currently looking for postdocs interested in joining the program.

Post-doctoral opportunity information

To learn more about aging-related research conducted at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, visit the websites of the Institute on Aging Affiliates.