"Productively is the way to age," says Ruth Finkelstein, associate director of Columbia’s Robert N. Butler Aging Center. She discusses the center's interdisciplinary approach to studying aging and the implications of longer lifespans on society.
Yaakov Stern, a professor in the departments in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Psychology, is affiliated with the Sergievsky Center and the Taub Institute. His research centers on age-related changes in memory, and why similar patients may show more cognitive deficit than others.
A behavioral economist, Wojciech Kupczuk, studies how people make financial choices, particularly having to do with wealth transfer, inheritance and savings decisions—all issues that affect an aging population.
Michael Purdy, Columbia’s executive vice president for research, oversees the polices that govern University research and works to bring Columbia’s many disciplines together where their areas of study overlap.
René Hen, a professor of neuroscience and psychiatry, studies the effects of mood disorders in animals and memory deficits. His lab has found a commonality between chronic stress and age-related memory problems, both of which lead to a drop in the production of neurons.
Franck Polleux, a professor of neuroscience, joined the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute in 2013, where he studies the early brain development in mammals as well as the parts of the brain that lose synapses during early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.