The Geriatrics Branch supports research aimed at improving health, function and quality of life of older persons. Research emphases include:
The Geriatrics Branch also supports the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs)  which conduct basic and clinical research to develop more effective interventions to enhance the ability of older people to maintain independence. The Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR  are also part of the Geriatrics Branch portifolio. The goal of this initiative is to promote research conducted by early stage physicians trained in medical or surgical specialties who are entering careers as clinician-scientists in aging-related aspects of their specialty.