Basic Biology of Aging at the University of Washington


Welcome to the Biology of Aging at the University of Washington, home of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging and the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant. The University of Washington is a major center for research in Gerontology, and these programs help to enrich the infrastructure for this work. Please select one of the topics at the left for further information or select one of the links below. Thank you for visiting our site. 

Symposium Registration Now Open: Healthy Aging in People & Their Pets
October 28-29, 2014 Hotel Deca, Seattle

For ​millions ​of ​people, ​pets ​are ​considered ​part ​of ​the ​family. ​ ​Unfortunately, ​companion ​animals ​such ​as ​dogs ​and ​cats ​age ​rapidly ​and ​have ​relatively ​short ​life ​expectancies. ​ ​ ​Research ​in ​the ​biology ​of ​aging ​has ​made ​tremendous ​strides ​over ​the ​past ​several ​years, ​with ​a ​few ​interventions ​having ​been ​found ​capable ​of ​slowing ​aging ​and ​extending ​healthy ​lifespan ​by ​20-40% ​in ​small ​mammals ​such ​as ​mice ​and ​rats. ​ ​These ​same ​interventions ​may ​be ​able ​to ​provide ​dogs ​and ​cats ​with ​three ​to ​five ​or ​more ​years ​of ​additional ​healthy, ​youthful ​life. ​ ​

This ​symposium ​will ​bring ​together ​experts ​in ​canine ​health ​with ​experts ​in ​the ​biology ​of ​aging ​to ​share ​their ​latest ​research ​discoveries ​and ​discuss ​how ​to ​best ​understand ​and ​tackle ​aging ​in ​companion ​animals. ​ ​Our ​primary ​goal ​is ​to ​accelerate ​translation ​of ​this ​science ​to ​promote ​healthy ​longevity ​not ​just ​in ​people, ​but ​also ​in ​our ​pets. ​

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Genetic Approaches to Aging Fall Trainee Research Presentations
Age is the single greatest risk factor for nearly every major cause of death and disability in developed nations, and promoting healthy aging is the most effective form of preventative medicine.  Yet, we typically don’t think about aging as a risk factor that can be modified. Research into the biology of aging is about to change that.

Trainees on the Genetic Approaches to Aging Training Grant utilize modern molecular and genetic approaches to investigate the underlying mechanisms of aging in order to help develop interventions that slow the aging process.  Come hear about the latest research in this fall’s Trainee Research Presentation Series

Visit our Partners:

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)
Werner's Syndrome
Canine Longevity Consortium
Rabinovitch Lab
Kaeberlein Lab
Promislow Lab
Department of Pathology
University of Washington