The mission of the Center for the Chronic Disorders of Aging (CCDA) is to improve the quality of life for all individuals suffering from age-related chronic diseases and disorders by supporting and facilitating collaborative research and educational programs. The CCDA provides opportunities for osteopathic medical students, residents and graduate students in numerous disciplines to work closely with researchers in addressing the most pressing needs of aging individuals with chronic disorders.
The Center supports basic and applied investigations into areas such as Alzheimer's disease, cardiac ischemia/reperfusion, osteoporosis, obesity, gingivitis, hypertension, inflammation, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal cord injury, among others.
In 2007, the Center received a $2 million endowment from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation. The College has provided a 25 percent match of $500,000 to the endowment.