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Vitoux Program on Aging and Prevention


The Vitoux Program on Aging and Prevention is made possible with generous support from the Vitoux family. Beth and George Vitoux, both 1937 graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believed in education and research as a means to make the world a better place. They greatly valued the education they received at the University of Illinois and their gratitude extended to the University of Illinois Chicago.

Their $1 million gift to UIC has led to the creation of the Beth Fowler Vitoux and George E. Vitoux Distinguished Professorship in Geriatric Medicine in the College of Medicine. Dr. Jun Ma, MD, PhD, FAHA, FABMR serves as the inaugural Vitoux Distinguished Professor of Medicine. This professorship will support advancements in the medical and social aspects of aging and prevention.


3 Pillars of the Vitoux Program

The high prevalence and burden of lifestyle-related chronic diseases in the U.S. call for proven behavioral treatments and prevention programs that can help individuals to adopt healthy lifestyles across the lifespan. The Vitoux Program is committed to the development, evaluation, and implementation of innovative lifestyle interventions and disseminating and training in high-quality research to promote healthy aging and disease prevention. To this end, the Vitoux Program faculty, staff, and trainees are actively engaged in:

  • Research on Lifestyle and Preventive Care Across the Lifespan
  • Education and Mentorship
  • Translation of Research into Practice Delivering Evidence-Based Programs


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The Vitoux Program on Aging and Prevention work with experts in a variety of disciplines across the college and beyond.