Huffington Center on Aging

Huffington Center on Aging Core Activities




Corporate donations, individual gifts and bequests, grants by both private foundations and government entities enable the center to improve the quality of life for older people through research, education, training, and clinical care. All contributions, small or large, are most welcome. To make a donation or to find out more about how your philanthropic interests can be met contact Diana Fincher, Research Administration Specialist at

We have also raised an additional $1.5 million for a $2 million endowed chair named after HCOA founding director Robert J. Luchi, M.D. The first holder of this endowed chair is George E. Taffet, M.D., Chief of the Section of Geriatrics. The purpose is to have the very best academic geriatrician at HCOA to continue the reputation of excellence in patient care established by Dr. Luchi. And just recently the Huffington Foundation added another $2 million chair for the directorship of the HCOA. The first holder of this distinguished position is Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

Contact Ms. Fincher at or call her at (713) 798-5804 should you wish to help us achieve our goals to expand basic and translational research into aging, clinical practice, and education.


Educational, Research Opportunities


The center offers courses and seminars in the basic and clinical sciences for clinical practitioners, students, trainees, faculty, staff and health professionals, as well as continuing medical education. HCOA sponsors courses for medical students, geriatric medicine clinical rotations for medical residents, and an accredited Geriatric Fellowship Training Program. Research training opportunities include the Cell & Molecular Biology of Aging Research Training Program for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students. Learn more about our educational programs and research opportunities.

Clinical faculty and trainees provide inpatient and outpatient care to older persons through the Geriatric Medicine Associates of the Department of Medicine at the Baylor Clinic; in- and out-patient facilities at Methodist Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, and several other hospitals and community long-term care facilities. Find out more about our healthcare.