Since 2005, CHAR has committed to expanding, translating and disseminating the science of aging to unleash the potential of older adults. Its researchers take a multidisciplinary approach to address aging at all levels – from the genes we inherit to the food we eat, from our level of physical activity to the quality of our relationships.

CHAR’s vision is to be an internationally known center for innovative research, education and outreach that enhances the quality of life for older adults, their families and communities.




The Center is organized into four Research Cores


LIFE Registry

Any adult age 50 or older who lives in Oregon is welcome to volunteer for the LIFE Registry to join our research studies. Your participation will help us conduct research to inform policy, create programs and develop strategies that meet the needs of older individuals, their families and society.


Military Life Course

Access study specific documents, longitudinal studies, publications, network meeting documents and other resources at the Military Life Course website.


Research scholarship "LIFE Scholars"

The LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program, sponsored by The Center for Healthy Aging Research, provides an opportunity for students to work with a faculty member to develop research skills and an understanding of opportunities in science and research.

Visit the LIFE Scholars page for details and application for Summer 2018.


Apply for CHAR faculty and associate membership

To apply for CHAR faculty and associate membership, fill out the application form (pdf)


Recent books by CHAR faculty




CHAR faculty retreat, 2016 materials

Presentation slides