Center for Healthy Aging - aging research center at University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen


Aging begins early in life. The Center for Healthy Aging focuses on research into aging for better health and reduced frailty throughout life. The research will provide new knowledge on how more people can live healthy lives and enjoy a robust old-age. The multidisciplinary research programmes at the Center will investigate biomedical, social and psychological causes of healthy aging, and this knowledge will form the basis for new initiatives for both prevention and treatment. The Center started its activities in January 2009.

Research Themes

The research at the Center encompasses five specific research programs:

1a. Molecular and Cellular: Molecular Aging
1b. Molecular and Cellular: Neurobiology
2.  Molecular and Cellular: Muscle and Matrix
3.  Body and Life
4.  Society and Culture
5.  Health Promotion and Innovation

Center Financing

The Center has been established through a generous donation from Nordea-fonden to the University of Copenhagen. Nordea-fonden donated 26 million USD in 2008, to meet the Center's running costs for five years and in 2013 Nordea-fonden decided to prolong the grant with an additional 26 million USD for a five-year extension from 2014-2018.



The Center has been established initially as a network of independent research units that will be gathered together at the Faculty of Health Sciences. From its inauguration, the Center has been part of a strong international research community through its involvement in the International Alliance of Research Universities. The Center's aspiration is to become a magnet for international research talent. It will attract new international researchers and establish new collaborative relationships to assist aging related research, education, and health care initiatives of the highest international standards.