Center for Healthy Aging Research

We help people live healthier, longer lives


Uncovering answers to health and well-being across the lifespan

We take pride in the opportunity to look at the complex science behind the aging process to answer tough questions that help improve the human experience.

The Center for Healthy Aging Research (CHAR) is a place where experts come together from across disciplines to approach the aging process at all levels.

From studying how diets influence cellular metabolism to physical activity levels and the quality of our relationships, we dig deep to understand how biological, psychological, social and physical factors affect the aging process.

This leads to discovering new methods for preventing disease and ensuring older adults are able to live healthy and fulfilling lives — on their own terms.

Expertise is at our core

CHAR is organized into four core research areas, each led by a distinguished expert.


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Apply for CHAR faculty and associate membership

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

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.

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