China: Awakening Giant Developing Solutions to Population Aging

Ning Jackie Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH; Man Guo, PhD; Xiaoying Zheng, MD, PhD


Gerontologist. 2012;52(5):589-596. 

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Researchers in Aging Research

Most of the aging research in China is conducted in public institutes such as universities and government-funded agencies. The institutes that specialize in gerontology research include, but are not limited to, the Gerontological Society of China (GSC), founded in 1986; the China Research Center on Aging, founded in 1989; the Institute of Gerontology Research at Renmin University of China, founded in 1994; the Gerontology Research Center at Qsinghua University, founded in 2001, and the Institute of Gerontology at Beijing University, founded in 2003. In addition, a considerable proportion of aging research that is biologically, pharmaceutically, or medically oriented is conducted in stand-alone or university affiliated hospitals which include geriatric programs.

Government agencies are still the largest funders of aging research in China. Among the most notable are the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as well as the National Medical Science and Technique Foundation, and a large number of provincial funding programs and private foundation programs. In addition, government agencies and organizations, such as the China National Committee on Aging and the GSC also guide and participate in aging and elder care research.