Healthy Aging

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The Healthy Aging Research Team at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center


  • Study director: Bruce Miller, MD and Joel Kramer, PsyD
  • Sponsor: Larry L. Hillblom Network
  • Recruiting?: Yes
  • Official study title: Hillblom Aging Network
  • Conditions studied: Healthy aging
  • Purpose: This is a longitudinal study looking at the effects of aging on cognition in older adults. The purpose of the study is to 1) gain a better understanding of what healthy aging is, and 2) identify the earliest changes associated with degenerative brain disease. This study also refers healthy volunteers to other projects they may be eligible for within the Memory and Aging Center.


  • Inclusion criteria: Aged 40–100 with minor or no memory problems
  • Exclusion criteria: Significant memory problems or diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease or other major health condition

What is Involved?

  • Testing: A neurological examination, cognitive testing, fasting (no food and drink except water for 12 hours before visit) blood draw for genetics studies, interview with a study partner (someone who knows you well and can comment on any changes over time in your memory, thinking, personality, or behavior) and follow-up appointments every 15 months
  • Frequency of visits: 1 visit (3–5 hours total) every 15 months longitudinally. Additional 2–3 visits (8–12 hours total) are common for participation in subprojects associated with the Healthy Aging Program including MRI imaging and PET imaging.
  • Materials needed prior to evaluation: None
  • Costs: No costs will be charged for any of the study procedures. Parking will be validated for the 1625 Owens Street Garage or 1630 Third Street Garage at the UCSF Mission Bay campus for all study visits. There is no monetary compensation for participation.

Join Our Study

  • Online Eligibility Screen: If you are interested in joining the Healthy Aging Program, please complete this online screen. After filling out the online screen, you may be contacted by a research coordinator (see below) to discuss your eligibility.

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Additional Healthy Aging Program Studies

  • Aging and Cognitive Decline: a longitudinal study to identify the cognitive mechanisms and neural structures leading to a decline in executive functioning in normal aging
  • PET imaging in Aging Population: a study of protein aggregation in the brain as it relates to brain structure and function in healthy aging

Hillblom Cognitive Aging Symposium

The annual Hillblom Cognitive Aging Symposium is designed to bring together leading researchers in brain aging to share the latest advances in the field.