He was the founding Director of USC's NIH funded Alzheimer Disease Research Center in 1984, and is currently co-Director. In 1989, the university made him one of its twelve "University Distinguished Professors". He is a full professor in Gerontology and Biological Sciences, and an adjunct professor in departments of Anthropology, Psychology, Physiology, and Neurology. He was the Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Biodemography of Aging. He is co-author of 450 scientific papers and four books, most recently The Biology of Human Longevity (Academic Press, 2007). He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Finch and his colleague at the USC Davis School of Gerontology Eileen Crimmins have developed a unique interdisciplinary upper division course (Health, Stress, & Aging), which combines biomedical, demographic, and psychosocial perspectives of the human lifespan.
- Robert W. Kleemeier Award of the Gerontological Society of America, 1985
- Sandoz Premier Prize by the International Geriatric Association, 1995
- Irving Wright Award of AFAR[disambiguation needed], 1999
- Research Award of AGE, 1999
Most recent papers are:
Pan F, Chiu CH, Pulapura S, Mehan MR, Nunez-Iglesias J, Zhang K, Kamath K, Waterman MS, Finch CE, Zhou XJ. (2007) Gene Aging Nexus: a web database and data mining platform for microarray data on aging. Nucleic Acids Res. 35(Database issue):D756-9.
Morgan TE, Wong AM, Finch CE. (2007) Anti-inflammatory mechanisms of dietary restriction in slowing aging processes. Interdiscip Top Gerontol. 35:83-97. -PubMed
Mazumder B, Almond D, Park K, Crimmins EM, Finch CE (2010) Lingering prenatal effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on cardiovascular disease. J Devel Origins Health Dis 1:26-34.
Finch CE (2010) Evolution of the human lifespan and diseases of aging: roles of infection, nutrition, and nutrition. PNAS, 107 (suppl. 1) 1718-1724.
Finch CE, Morgan TE, Longo VD, de Magalhaes JP (2010) Cell resilience in species lifespans: a link to inflammation? Aging Cell 9: 519-526.
Rae MJ, Butler RN, Campisi J, de Grey ADNJ, Finch CE, Gough M, Martin GM, Vijg J, Logan BJ. The demographic and biomedical case for late-life interventions in aging. ScienceTranslational Medicine 2(40): 1-6; 2(40):40cm21
Finch CE (2010) Inflammation in aging processes: an integrative and ecological perspective. In, Handbook of the Biology of Aging, 7th ed., E Masoro & S Austad, eds, Academic Press: San Diego), in press.
Finch CE (2010) Evolving views of ageing and longevity from Homer to Hippocrates: emergence of natural factors, persistence of the supernatural. Greece & Rome, in press.