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Founded in 1975, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology is the oldest and largest school of its type in the world. As a tightly knit school within a world-class research university located in the heart of one of the most important cities on earth, the USC Leonard Davis School—and its research and services arm, the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center—are home to today’s leaders in the field as well as to tomorrow’s. It offers the largest and most comprehensive selection of gerontology degree programs found anywhere, a variety of outstanding research opportunities, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment.

The Leonard Davis School and the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center have often been the setting for pioneering developments in the gerontology field. The Leonard Davis School’s reputation for high-quality scholarship has aided in the steady recruitment of the field’s top faculty throughout the school’s history. Renowned research centers helmed by Davis School faculty continue to investigate Alzheimer’s disease, the biology of longevity, biodemography, housing for older adults, long-term care, and more.

In the coming years, new focuses on creativity, genomics, and technology’s roles in aging, as well as global aging outreach and senor housing, will provide a wealth of new research questions for USC gerontology researchers, educators, and students. With top faculty members focusing on these important topics, as well as new centers providing priceless research and educational opportunities to students and faculty members at all levels, the Davis School is uniquely poised to continue and strengthen its leadership in multiple facets of the gerontology field.

The future of aging is inextricably linked with the future of the Davis School, which has not only stayed at the forefront of aging science and education but will also continue to grow and instigate some of the field’s most paradigm-shifting changes.


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