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Huffington Center on Aging

Houston, Texas

BCM's Huffington Center on Aging is one of the premier centers on aging in the world.
The Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Center on Aging
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About Us


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.

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 BCM 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.

Core Center Activities


Corporate donations, individual gifts and bequests, grants by both private foundations and government entities enable the center to fulfill its mission of improving 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, Lead Project Coordinator 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. Diana Fincher at or call her at 713-798-3802 should you wish to help us achieve our goals to expand basic and translational research into aging, clinical practice, and education.

Community & External Programs

HCOA's Spring Forums and Women's Health Summits are held annually to address the Houston community's interests in aging. The goal of these programs is to provide community education on a variety of topics related to geriatrics and gerontology. Presentations are made by local and national experts in their respective fields and have included topics on exercise, nutrition, mood and memory, hormone replacement therapy, vision, and empowerment.

In addition, our faculty members, recognized experts in the field of aging, are featured speakers at local and national group meetings and have been interviewed for local and national television and radio productions. They have authored numerous books and journal articles on aging and aging-related issues. As experts, they are called up to testify in court cases and review medical records.

Outside their center responsibilities, numerous faculty members serve as board members and committee members for such organizations as the Alzheimer's Association, Sheltering Arms, and the National Association of Geriatric Education Centers. As part of the speaker's bureau, HCOA faculty, staff, and faculty associates are available to make presentations for community groups and health organizations. Topics vary according to the area of specialization of the individual speaker, but include Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, care-giving issues, physiological changes associated with aging, long-term care, and maintaining independence.

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.

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 The Methodist Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, and several other hospitals and community long-term care facilities.

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