URMC / The RoAR Center / About / Function of RoAR Function of RoAR Strengthen and connect stakeholders in aging research. Offer a "home" for development of focused centers of excellence in basic and translational research on aging and longevity. Support the focused centers of excellence in successfully competing for extramural research awards. Facilitate sufficient "crosstalk" between centers within the Institute to stimulate innovative transdisciplinary collaborations for the study of aging. Award pilot grants to initiate collaborative projects within and between centers of excellence across the spectrum of basic and translational sciences of aging. Award travel awards supporting UR students and postdocs, or to bring in visiting scientists from other institutions. Leverage the quality and reputation of aging research at U of R to attract talented students, postdocs and faculty interested in this area. Establish funded training programs for graduate students and postdocs in aging research. Organize a seminar series that brings in 6 speakers with expertise in aging research each year. Organize retreats in which ideas for collaborative opportunities in aging related research will be developed – resulting in multidisciplinary publications, research projects and center grants. Increase national and international visibility of UR aging research.