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We are Gerontologists, and Life is Our Work1

USC Leonard Davis

We are Gerontologists, and Life is Our Work1

The future is very bright at the USC Leonard Davis School, with a leadership team that is committed to innovation and transformation, the most productive faculty in terms of grants and teaching, and the largest student body in our history.

The University's COVID-19 Response

The University has distinguished four funds in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help support all areas of the Trojan community. These funds include USC Student Basic Needs FundKeck Medicine of USC COVID-19 Emergency Response FundUSC Community Outreach Fund, and the USC Employee Support Fund.


Did you know that between 2005-2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will more than double, growing from 37 million to more than 80 million? Soon the aged will outnumber the young, a phenomenon true for nearly every country. This fact is changing the face of our planet. With the first wave of baby boomers approaching age 70 and millions more on their heels, this massive global demographic shift will impact every profession. Never has the field of gerontology been more important or thrilling, and never have gerontologists been in more demand or their work more meaningful.


The USC Leonard Davis School “family” includes talented students who continue to distinguish themselves. Our students excel in a diverse range of studies ranging from biology and neuroscience to sociology, psychology, and public policy. Approximately 50 percent of our students receive merit-based scholarships to support their research and studies. These scholarships allow our students time and financial freedom to volunteer and intern in the field, paving the way for career success post-graduation.

To be a part of the Trojan Family is to understand that our collective community is part of why our university is a national leader in higher education. USC Leonard Davis School students and alumni actively serve our community. Our parents support a degree where bettering human lives is the central focus. Lastly, our visionary benefactors understand that aging is everyone’s business and, through cutting-edge research, our scientists, faculty, and graduates will discover possible cures, therapies, and solutions that will best serve humankind.

USC Leonard Davis continues to push our students to seek solutions for longevity and lifespan health and wellness. To do this, we continue to recruit top faculty that specialize in understanding age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and cancer, in order to develop tools to better confront and perhaps prevent them. 



Our students, staff, benefactors and faculty make this University extraordinary, and we appreciate and value those individuals who make up the USC Gerontology Trojan Family.  You are a valued member of our Trojan Family, and we are pleased to share with you, a few ways your donation can aid in research that reflects the community:

  • Students take steps to make LA more livable for older adults.  Students from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, among many others, were challenged to create applications to help people age well in the communities in which they live. They identified Lifespan Improvement Districts and developed websites featuring resources—such as reporting a broken sidewalk or finding a senior center—for improving walkability, social connectedness, and other livability measures. Your donations to USC Leonard Davis scholarships allow us to prepare today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders to invent new ways to help us age with health and meaning. To read more, please visit:

  • Student intern gains valuable experience – and teaches colleagues.  During her dietetic internship at the West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Florida, Amanda Maddalena MSNHL ’18 has not only gained valuable experience working with patients; she’s also gotten the opportunity to teach new techniques to her colleagues. Associate Professor and Director of the USC Leonard Davis Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity program Cary Kreutzer explains that all students enrolled in the program meet regularly with the MSNHL Internship Coordinator to customize their 1200 hours of internship rotations and complete affiliation agreements with a wide variety of agencies that support their career goals. Your donations help students study a field with the mission to improve the prevention and treatment of age related diseases. This is unique to the graduates from the Leonard Davis School as the study of gerontology is to study lifespan and to improve the aging process for people everywhere. To read more, please visit:

  • What to know about fasting, aging, dieting and when you should eat. Biochemist Valter Longo has devoted decades to discovering connections between nutrition and successful aging. He runs the Longevity Institute at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, where the focus is on extending healthy life spans and finding ways to prevent and treat conditions like cancer and cardiovascular disease that growing older makes us more susceptible to developing. Armed with results from the lab — including clinical trials showing that cycles of a five-day fast-mimicking diet can reduce risk factors for many life-threatening diseases — Longo is calling for change in the kitchen. In this Q&A, he reveals the role that food can play in keeping us youthful and tackles some common misconceptions related to how, what and when we should eat. Your donations help our researchers pursue cutting-edge research such as Dr. Longo’s that promotes longevity. To learn more, please visit:

We lead by example as we fulfill our mission to improve the lives of people and communities here and worldwide. We continue to be the preeminent leader in the field of aging thanks to the support and philanthropic nature of our gerontology family, alumni and friends.



Helping the most talented and motivated students achieve the dream of a USC education, regardless of their financial situation, has always been a priority of the Trojan Family. Together, we can make a lasting impact that will forever change the landscape for the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. We ask our alumni, parents, and friends to support USC Leonard Davis with a gift today.

Every gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference to our students and school.

Thank you for your continued and vital support! Fight On!