Through research, members of the Institute of Gerontology offer solutions to today's most pressing health issues related to aging and older adults. Their work is often collaborative and on the vanguard of aging research. To date the institute is supported by a total of $250,000 in grant funding.

The table below presents a sample of our current projects.

Jenay Beer Breathe Easy: Advancing Quality Lung Cancer Survivorship in South Carolina, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
 The Design, Development, and Evaluation of a Usable and Privacy-Enhanced Telepresence Interface for Older Adults, NIDILRR
Ms An (Meeting Students Academic Needs): A Socially Adaptive Robot Tutor for Student Engagement in Math Education
Automated Social Interactive Interface to Monitor and Update Intervention Plans for People with MCI, Alzheimer’s, and Other dementias, NIH, SBIR
Social Assistive Robot Interface for People with Alzheimer’s and Other dementias to Aid in Care-Management, NIH, SBIR
Kerstin Emerson Examining the individual and neighborhood-level influences on the health life expectancy of older Hispanics, NIH
Loneliness as a public health issue: risk factors and outcomes
The country context of social connections and the public health impact on elders
Teaching Gerontology Courses: Making Use of Technology
Lisa Renzi-Hammond Halos and starbursts: the relation between ocular nutrition and dysphotopsia across the lifespan
Vitamin D, mixed carotenoids and cognitive function in older adults
Lutein intake and infant visual and cognitive development: optimizing early brain function for lifespan health
The relationship between perceived autonomy and health literacy on health outcomes
The effects of a lutein + zeaxanthin intervention on cognitive function and neural efficiency in older adults with and without cognitive impairment
Diet, cognition and academic performance in preadolescent children