Who Are We?
The Roybal Resource and Coordinating Center to Accelerate Translational Aging Research provides strategic leadership and coordination to the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging. This Coordinating Center and all the individual Roybal Research Centers are partly or wholly funded by the National Institute on Aging.
The Center's primary focus is to develop support for (1) care providers working with individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementias (ADRD) and (2) intervention research for behavioral and social sciences of aging. Correspondingly, the Roybal Research Centers are conducting pilot studies in order to produce potent and implementable, principle-driven behavioral interventions that improve the health, well-being, and/or capacity of individuals as they age — critical research as institutions progressively adapt to an aging society.
The Center facilitates and coordinates all trans-Roybal activities and therefore serves as a hub for Alzheimer's, aging, and dementia research.
Edward R. Roybal's Legacy
Edward R. Roybal was a United States congressman in the House of Representatives for thirty years. Roybal’s dedication to public service originated in 1949 when he became the first Latino since 1881 to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. Prior to his thirteen-year term, Roybal advocated for fair representation in the economic, educational, and social welfare of the Hispanic community, and he remained resolved in his purpose for equal rights through policy and social changes. He was an active patron for the underprivileged, the elderly, non-native English speakers, and miscellaneous non-profit organizations. During his tenure as a congressman, Roybal served on the interior and Insular Affairs Committee, Post Office Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee, Veterans' Affairs Committee, and House Appropriations Committee, and he underwrote bills and founded programs that benefited marginalized populations including the elderly, Mexican Americans, and veterans. Roybal’s service as Chairman of the House Select Committee on Aging championed legislation that created affordable healthcare programs and housing for senior citizens. Edward Roybal’s commitment to serving his community was unwavering throughout his professional career, and his legacy remains.