University of South Carolina establishes aging institute

The University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health will create a new institute focusing on two vulnerable age groups: children and the elderly.

The university has received a $7 million gift from the school’s largest benefactors to establish the Gerry Sue and Norman J. Arnold Institute on Aging. The gift will allow the Arnold School to conduct scholarly research and share consumer-friendly health information important to children and the elderly. The institute will study age-specific issues including childhood obesity prevention, chronic stroke recovery, nutrition and food safety, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of senile dementia.

“[This latest donation] also will empower our faculty to begin new research projects in promising but unproven directions, and continue the nationally recognized outreach and community service we provide to the people of South Carolina,” says Arnold School Dean Thomas Chandler in a university announcement.

The Arnold family made a $10 million endowment in 2000 to the then USC School of Public Health. The school, established in 1975, was renamed in their honor.

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Topics: Alzheimer's/Dementia