The Herczeg Institute on Aging was established in 1992 at Tel Aviv University.

The Institute fosters interdisciplinary research, as evidenced by the joint direction of the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

The presence of this institute on campus signifies the increasing salience of research on aging-related topics at the university. The Herczeg Institute conducts and promotes an array of studies relating to aging and old age. These studies concern issues such as physical and mental health, health promotion, adaptation and resilience at old age, well-being and quality of life along the life span, cognitive and emotional aging processes, the elderly in society, ill-health at old age, dementia, problems in attending to the old, traumatic life events, and the long-term impact of the Holocaust.

Additional goals of the Herczeg Institute include the dissemination of gerontological knowledge in the academia and the community, stimulating researchers of aging and old-age in the various disciplines with a particular emphasis on promoting young researchers in the field, and maintaining relationships with decision makers and policy makers in areas related to aging and old age.

The Herczeg Institute is directed by Prof. Silvia Koton



Directors of the Herczeg Institute:

Present Prof. Silvia Koton
2012-2020 Prof. Dov Shmotkin
2005 - 2012 Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield
2005  Prof. Hava Golander
1997 - 2005 Prof. Haim Hazan
1992 - 1997 Founder and first director, Prof. Jacob Lomranz

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The Herczeg Institute Bulletin No. 20

The 20th Herczeg Institute’s Bulletin was published in Hebrew in November 2020. The Bulletin opens with a welcome message from Professor Silvia Koton, Head of Herczeg Institute since October 1st, 2021. This year’s editorial article “Age related changes in the auditory system” was written by Mr. Shahar Taiber , a PhD student and an awardee of the 2020 Herczeg's award for excellence in research for PhD students conducting research on ageing at Tel Aviv University. The bulletin also included an interview with Dr. Isaac Sasson (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and faculty at the Herczeg Institute), sociologist and demographer specializing in population health. Dr. Sasson spoke of the past, present, and future of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also included in this bulletin an interview with Professor (Emeritus) Dov Shmotkin (School of Psychological Sciences, former Head of the Herczeg Institute and currently faculty at the institute). Prof. Shmoktin presented an overview of the activity at the Herczeg Institute during 2012-2020, when he was head of the institute, and addressed his scientific work and future plans. Lastly, the bulletin included two translated poems by the late Japanese poet Shibata Toyo, and a list of recent publications by the Herczeg Institute's researchers.

An English version of the bulletin will be available soon.




To read forther about A meeting with Dr. Francine Mayran click here

To read forther about The 2019 Lecture series for gerontologists click here



 To read forther about LGBT Older Adults Conference click here



To read forther about the expansion of the staff click here



Read here the Herczeg's Newsletter No.18



Click here for more details about 2018 Scholarships ceremony


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 What if…time doesn’t heal?

A new TAU reaserch, conducted in the Herczeg Institute, finds that resilience and vulnerability are not mutually exclusive among aging groups



Jiska Award International Psychogeriatric Association 2015 Eng

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The Herczeg Institute on Aging was founded in 1992

with the generous help of Rosita and Esteban Herczeg