The Columbia Aging Center builds upon the work of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA), which was founded in 1990 by the gerontologist and psychiatrist, Robert N. Butler, MD.  Under Robert Butler's leadership, the International Longevity Center grew to become a multinational consortium of ILCs known as the ILC Global Alliance, which now comprises 17 organizations throughout the world.  Honoring his wishes and in keeping with his longstanding commitment and generosity to Columbia University, the ILC-USA and the secretariat of the ILC Global Alliance have been housed at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health since 2011. 

The ILC-USA was created to educate individuals on how to live longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives, as well as to advise the public on how to maximize the benefits of increasing longevity in modern society. Throughout its history, the ILC has been a celebrated source for helping individuals, corporations, foundations, and government leaders to navigate this unprecedented increase in longevity through original research, scientific workshops, educational publications, and corporate and government relations.

The translational and policy work conducted at the Butler Columbia Aging Center are done within the ILC-USA, which exists to educate individuals on how to live longer, healthier, and more meaningful lives, as well as to translate evidence so as to advise the public and policy on how to maximize the benefits of increasing longevity in modern society. Throughout its history, the ILC has been a celebrated source for helping individuals, corporations, foundations, and government health system and urban leaders to navigate this unprecedented increase in longevity through policy recommendations, original research, scientific workshops, educational publications, and corporate and government relations.