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Established in 2000 by Karolinska Institutet (KI) and Stockholm University (SU), Aging Research Center (ARC) is a multidisciplinary center devoted to the study of aging and health. ARC is a division at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society (NVS) at KI.

There are eight research groups at ARC, which can be categorized into three scientific areas: Medicine, Psychology and Social Gerontology.

ARC’s research activities are characterized by:

A focus on health in aging with the goal of preventing, delaying, or decreasing morbidity and disability in old age.

An acknowledgement of the importance of life course processes on health and functioning in old age.

A focus on both individual and social group differences in late life health and disability.

A multidisciplinary approach that includes medicine, social gerontology, psychology, and epidemiology.

Creation of large databases from population-based studies on aging and health.

Access to other large databases on aging via national and international collaboration.

Integration of epidemiological and social science studies with clinical and molecular research.

Contributions to improve treatment and care of elderly people.

Special attention on neuroscience with focus on neural correlates of cognitive functions and prevention of brain aging.

Implementation of intervention studies to prevent cognitive decline, dementia, and multimorbidity.

ARC is internationally renowned for its research on the health status of older adults, trends and inequality among older people, brain aging, and prevention of dementia