Institutes & Centers


The Epicenter of Our Work

The USC Leonard Davis School abounds with many innovative and important Centers and initiatives. Breakthroughs in our laboratories are Being implemented into real-world applications. Our work is changing lives!

The Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center

It’s all about research here. Founded in 1964, this is where the first major research institution devoted exclusively to the study of aging got started and continues robustly today. Ongoing interdisciplinary investigative research at the Center spans neurobiology, molecular biology, cognitive psychology, biodemography, family studies, long term care, and biogerontology.

Biogerontology, for instance, is considered by many scientists to be the most important frontier in aging research. In the Center’s biogerontology laboratories, we are conducting research on the changes that occur in the body during the aging process.

We’re also probing what causes age-related neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The goal of our research is to shed new light on the multiple processes of aging and understand their implications for people, organizations, and society.

The Andrus Center hosts sponsored research centers, major projects, and collaborations with other universities and organizations.