Advancing Research and Innovation for Aging and Disability (ARIAD)

A CU Denver Research and
Creative Work Grand Challenge

The Goal

The ARIAD team aims to cultivate a powerful collaborative network of academic experts, community stakeholders, and local, national, and international industry advisors and partners to address the grand challenge of aging and aging into disability facing our world today. Funding and research support is provided by CU Denver in order to lay the foundation for building CU Denver’s reputation as a leader in research and creative work. 

The Challenge

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One Billion

People live with disabilities worldwide.

Society is Aging

By 2030, one out of every five Americans will be at or above retirement age

Demand Fuels Innovation

One in two older adults will experience disability as they age.

Team Members

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Kendall Hunter PhD

Associate Professor Bioengineering
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Jodi Waterhouse MHA

Director Multidisciplinary Center on Aging
Headshot of Patricia Valverde smiling in business casual blouse and colorful beaded necklace

Patricia Valverde PhD

Assistant Professor Public Health
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Jae Do Park PhD

Professor Electrical Engineering
Headshot of Daniel Matlock from the chest up smiling in business casual shirt.

Daniel Matlock MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Headshot of Julia Mahfouz from the shoulders up smiling.

Julia Mahfouz PhD

Assistant Professor School of Education and Human Development.
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Zhengxiong Li PhD

Director Mobile, Emerging Technologies & Applications (META) Lab
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Marjorie Levine-Clark PhD

Professor Associate Dean of Diversity, Outreach, and Initiatives
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Bing Han PhD

Assistant Professor Civil Engineering
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Brecca Gaffney PhD

Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering
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Theodore Edmonds JD

Associate Professor-Research Master of Humanities and Master of Social Science
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Dana Carpenter PhD

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering
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Ashis Biswas PhD

Assistant Professor Computer Science & Engineering
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Farnoush Banaei-Kashani PhD

Associate Professor Computer Science and Engineering
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Mazen Al Borno PhD

Assistant Professor Bioengineering, Computational Bioscience, and Neuroscience

Center for Inclusive Design and Engineering (CIDE)

CU Denver

The Hub, Bioengineering

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Denver, CO 80204


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