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Translational research of aging

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 — Concurrent Symposia Session II

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Kirschstein Auditorium


  • Francesca Macchiarini, NIAID
  • Ron Johnson, NCI


Over the past 25 years, researchers have made impressive progress in understanding the genetics, biology and physiology of aging. The elderly comprise the fastest growing segment of our population, and aging itself is the largest single risk factor for most chronic diseases. As a result, a large proportion of health resources are used to treat the elderly, who are often affected by multiple diseases / conditions. This session will cover high impact research focusing on basic and translational studies to prevent or treat diseases of aging, particularly neurodegeneration.

The effect of chronic moderate and heavy alcohol consumption on cardiovascular aging
Pal Pacher, NIAAA

“Premotor” research on Parkinson's disease
Honglei Chen, NIEHS

Chronic mild sleep restriction exacerbates biochemical and cognitive deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease FARE Award Winner
Sarah Rothman, NIA

Regulation and function of adult hippocampal neurogenesis: the role of exercise
Henriette van Praag, NIA

The aging retina and Age-related macular degeneration
Catherine Cukras, NEI

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