2017 AMBI Annual Report


Established in 1990 by Kathleen Buckwalter from the College of Nursing, the University of Iowa Center on Aging (COA) quickly became recognized as a core campus resource facilitating interdisciplinary education, research, and service efforts dedicated to understanding the aging process and improving the health and well being of older people. Then, as part of the state of Iowa Public Health initiative in 1999, the Iowa Board of Regents called on the COA to advance the “health and independence of elderly Iowans."


In July, 2014, the Center underwent a restructuring and reorganization. We rededicated ourselves to that early vision of the Board of Regents; the issues, challenges, and opportunities of the aging population remain our priority.


Research at the University of Iowa has always been a strength, and the research goals of the Center on Aging capitalize on that strength. The Center on Aging works to assist investigators with expertise in aging. Our goal is to help advance the research of these successful investigators by providing resources and support. Investigators that are interested in collaborating with the Center on Aging are encouraged to contact us. If you are interested in becoming an affiliate, you can join us by completing a survey. Anyone who is interested in learning more about aging and being an active member of the aging community is welcome to become an Affiliate Member of the Center on Aging.

The Aging Mind and Brain Initiative (AMBI). The AMBI is a group of investigators that chose to come to the University of Iowa specifically to work on issues related to aging. As faculty members of many different departments and college throughout the University of Iowa, their strength as individual investigators is multiplied by their collaborative efforts.


Our goal is to continue to expand the educational opportunities for seniors, caregivers, and practitioners.

Opportunities for Seniors and Caregivers

We are working with the Johnson County Senior Center, the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative and other local and state groups to offer educational programs to challenge both the mind and body. Check out our Community Educational Opportunities page for the latest conferences and symposia as well as other events of interest. We'll do our best to keep you in the loop!

Opportunities for Practitioners, Seniors and Caregivers

In addition to the conferences and symposia offered, the Iowa Geriatric Education Center has a wide range of training opportunities available.