Many physicians are actively engaged in research that enhances scientific understanding of aging and the causes and treatment of illnesses that afflict older adults. Often their research is carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Boston University School of Medicine and other schools within the university, as well as at institutions throughout the United States and the world.
Clinician-researchers in the Geriatrics program publish in leading medical journals and use their research to bring about innovation in teaching geriatrics and improving the care of vulnerable older adults. The research conducted falls generally into the following categories:
- Chronic illness care (particularly cancer care) in older adults
- Exceptional longevity
- Innovation in geriatrics education and practice
Boston Medical Center in collaboration with Boston University, Tufts University and Joslin Diabetes Center, carries the distinction of being one of only 11 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAIC) funded nationwide. The Pepper Center brings experts from many disciplines together to conduct research and to train young scientists in the development therapies for the prevention and treatment of functional limitations and disability among older adults.