What We Do

Scientists and clinicians from across Johns Hopkins are working to increase the length of time that older adults spend in good health without cognitive or functional decline. Toward that end, the Human Aging Project supports scholars working in the essential fields of biology, geriatrics, clinical care and engineering to collaboratively develop scientific proposals and technological solutions that promote independence and prevent and treat conditions that impact function and cognition of older adults.

Meeting an Escalating Global Aging Need

In almost every region of the globe, the population of older adults is burgeoning. Over the next 30 years, the number of people over age 60 will increase by approximately 70% in more developed regions, and by 400%—from 374 million to 1.6 billion—in less developed regions. A rapid rise in many chronic diseases related to aging, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and chronic lung disease will accompany this population growth.

With this change, the degenerative conditions related to aging, including chronic diseases, are eclipsing all else as the primary cause of poor health, disability, and death around the world. Because aging-related conditions are so diverse and complex, a comprehensive response that integrates deep biological understanding with the power of engineering and clinical translational approaches is needed in order to help overcome the challenges to healthy aging.

Our Mission

Guided by the principles of caring and equitable access to scientific and medical advances, we seek to discover and apply innovative biological, engineering, and clinical solutions that promote healthy, dignified and joyful aging for all.


We envision a world in which all older adults are able to live long, healthy and meaningful lives, in which age-related functional and cognitive decline are minimized and personal independence is increasingly the norm.

Our Strategy

The Human Aging Project’s strategy is to create a collaborative, international, interdisciplinary scientific enterprise dedicated to solving the principal health challenges associated with aging, and to promoting optimal health for the world’s people as they age. At the HAP, we:
  • Conduct groundbreaking research that will improve health and increase longevity for all.
  • Translate and broadly disseminate research and clinical findings.
  • Educate and train biologists, engineers, and clinical scientists to contribute at the interface of health and aging.
With partnerships across Johns Hopkins University, The HAP serves as the aging-focused nexus for interdisciplinary work in basic biology, engineering, bioengineering, and clinical translation in order to optimize preventive, treatment, and clinical care strategies for older adults.  These efforts, guided by a commitment to address disparities, will enable the HAP to develop word-class clinical translational programs and novel technological approaches that promote longer and healthier lives for all. If you would like to be involved, you can volunteer to be in our Aging Research Study registry by contacting the Healthy Aging Studies Unit at 410-550-2113.