One of the premier centers on aging in the world, the Huffington Center on Aging was formed in 1988.
It was created by the generosity of the late Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington, Houston philanthropists who foresaw the need for an academic entity devoted to studying aging, providing care for older people, and teaching future health professionals and researchers about geriatrics and gerontology.
The mission of The Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Center on Aging is to improve the quality of lives of people as they age through programs of research, education and patient care in Baylor College of Medicine departments, institutes, divisions, and centers, and selected institutions in the Texas Medical Center along with organizations elsewhere around the world working on age-related issues; to disseminate the knowledge gained by research and to apply it to the care of people as they age; and to increase the knowledge of the general public on health and social practices that can assist them to have a long life, well-lived.
The center is devoted to a multifaceted approach to improving the lives of aging individuals, and maintains excellence through:
- Pursuing leading research in both basic understanding of aging, and novel therapeutic and treatment options
- Educating future leaders in gerontology, geriatrics, and the biology of aging
- Enhancing the quality of life of older people through providing inpatient and outpatient care, working with the section of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine
- Providing resources to the general public, to improve their knowledge of aging and healthcare and lifestyle advice for healthy aging
Premier Aging Center
Recognized as one of the premier aging centers in the world, The Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Center on Aging is committed to addressing the needs of an aging population by providing medical education and training, conducting basic and clinical science research, and delivering healthcare through Baylor affiliated hospitals and other institutions.
The HCOA facilitates and coordinates interdepartmental research and initiates its own research studies. HCOA-initiated research includes cell and molecular biology of aging, adrenal cell biology, DHEA, aging of the skin, the aging cardiovascular system, healthcare outcomes research and ethical issues in acute and long-term care settings.