Aging

Marco Pahor, MD. Director, Institute on Aging

Marco Pahor, M.D., Director, Institute on Aging

The Institute on Aging (IOA) is a Clinical Research Unit of the CTSI Participant and Clinical Interactions Program. Dr. Pahor is the director of the IOA and also leads the CTSI’s KL2 mentored research career development program. Dr. Susan Nayfield leads IOA Clinical Research Unit. The IOA has a rich environment of scientists and state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research and to train the next generation of clinical and translational scientists. The NIH-funded Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and large multicenter trials conducted at the IOA provide an outstanding environment.

Facilities

The Clinical Translational Resource Core (Dr. Susan Nayfield) supports research in human subjects, including controlled trials and observational studies. The core provides the infrastructure and expertise for conducting clinical and pre-clinical research across the spectrum of translational investigation.

The Aging and Rehabilitation Research Center (ARRC), a 9,500-square-foot clinical research facility used for recruitment, tracking and assessments of study participants, has the following resources available:

  • Exam, interview and meeting rooms,
  • Biological specimens processing laboratory and temporary repository,
  • Data entry stations, study coordinators and administrative offices,
  • Secured study drugs and documents storage,
  • Physical performance, activity and strength testing (isokinetic dynamometer, 400-meter walk, physical performance battery, ultrasound for musculoskeletal anatomy and blood flow, near infrared spectroscopy, portable metabolic unit, automated electrocardiograms, accelerometry),
  • Health Promotion Center with a 200-foot walking track and behavioral counseling room,
  • Dedicated parking and welcoming reception and waiting area tailored for the older population.

The Recruitment, Adherence and Retention Core (Dr. Michael Marsiske) develops novel recruitment, retention and adherence strategies (with particular focus on minorities) and supports recruitment of participants and promotes adherence.

The Metabolism and Biomarkers Core (Dr. Christiaan Leeuwenburgh) conducts studies on biomarkers of sarcopenia, physical function and disability. The core primarily focuses on mitochondrial energy utilization, inflammation, oxidative stress, autophagy and apoptosis.

Mentoring

We host talented scientists with extensive experience for mentoring in grant writing and management, manuscript preparation, data management and analysis.

Staffing

Our staff is trained and certified to meet the specific needs of older persons for performing study assessments, procedures, recruitment and monitoring safety.

Data Security

The IOA works closely with the UF Office of Information Technology to maintain a secure, high-quality and HIPAA-compliant environment for research data.

Contact

Camelia Pascu, cpascu@aging.ufl.edu, 352-265-7227