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Stony Brook University Invests in New Center for Healthy Aging

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Dedicated to Promoting Healthy Aging Habits and Developing Innovative Interventions, This Research Training Center Is a Collaborative Effort Between All Five Health Science Schools at Stony Brook

Elderly person 1Stony Brook, NY, April 13, 2023 – Researchers at Stony Brook University have studied the science of aging for more than a decade, prompting advancements in the capabilities of brain imaging and pioneering socio-psychological approaches to care. Now, thanks to a $10 million investment from the Presidential Innovation and Excellence Fund, the university will open a Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) to further revolutionize senior care in Suffolk County and beyond.

 “With support from the Presidential Innovation and Excellence Fund, our multidisciplinary Center for Healthy Aging will bring together resources from Stony Brook Medicine and across the university to focus on vastly improving the care of the aging across Long Island. By providing a centralized home for basic, translational and clinical research, along with advanced geriatric specialty care, the Center for Healthy Aging will help ensure older New Yorkers can live healthy, fulfilling lives,” said President Maurie McInnis.

According to the Center for an Urban Future, Long Island’s 65-plus population grew by more than 113,000 in the last 10 years while younger populations decreased significantly. These demographics emphasize the urgency of accessible senior care.

“I’m delighted that Stony Brook University is supporting this innovative venture,” said Hal Paz, MD, MS, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Stony Brook University, and Chief Executive Officer, Stony Brook University Medicine. “This collaboration with our health sciences schools, public health program and on-campus research and education resources will bring leading-edge research and practices to our patient population and will support new interventions to slow the impact of aging, introduce new care models and encourage interprofessional education in geriatric specialties.”

Stony Brook’s Renaissance School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Dental Medicine and School of Social Welfare will all contribute to the operations of the CHA. Various on-campus research and education groups will also be involved, including  the Program in Public Health, the Center for Biotechnology, and Psychology.

Bringing together Stony Brook researchers conducting studies related to aging, the mission of the CHA is to improve methods for earlier interventions so seniors can age in their own homes and with a high quality of life. It also aims to develop new treatments – including potentially utilizing robots – to ensure Long Island’s seniors receive the highest quality care.

The center will be co-directed by Suzanne Fields, MD, professor of clinical medicine and chief of the Division of General, Geriatric and Hospital Medicine, and Christine DeLorenzo, PhD, professor of psychiatry and biomedical engineering, and director of the Center for Understanding Biology using Imaging Technology.

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About the Renaissance School of Medicine

Established in 1971, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University includes 25 academic departments. The three missions of the School are to advance the understanding of the origins of human health and disease; train the next generation of committed, curious and highly capable physicians; and deliver world-class compassionate healthcare. As a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accredited medical school, Stony Brook is one of the foremost institutes of higher medical education in the country. Each year the School trains nearly 500 medical students and more than 600 medical residents and fellows. Faculty research includes National Institutes of Health-sponsored programs in neurological diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, biomedical imaging, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and many other topics. Physicians on the School of Medicine faculty deliver world-class medical care through more than 31,000 inpatient, 108,000 emergency room, and 940,000 outpatient visits annually at Stony Brook University Hospital and affiliated clinical programs, making its clinical services one of the largest and highest quality medical schools on Long Island, New York. To learn more, visit


About Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University — New York’s flagship university and No. 1 public university — is going far beyond the expectations of today’s public universities. It is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. With more than 24,000 students, more than 2,800 faculty members, more than 200,000 alumni, a premier academic healthcare system and 18 NCAA Division I athletic programs, Stony Brook is a research-intensive distinguished center of innovation dedicated to addressing the world’s biggest challenges. The university embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and is ranked among the top 35 public universities by Forbes and one of the top 80 universities in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges listing. Fostering a commitment to academic research and intellectual endeavors, Stony Brook’s membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU) places it among the top 65 research institutions in North America. The university’s distinguished faculty have earned esteemed awards such as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Indianapolis Prize for animal conservation, Abel Prize and the inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Stony Brook has the responsibility of co-managing Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy — one of only eight universities with a role in running a national laboratory. Providing economic growth for neighboring communities and the wider geographic region, the university totals an impressive $7.23 billion in increased economic output on Long Island. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter(@stonybrooku)


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