The Brown Biology of Aging Initiative

Why do we age, and can we do anything about it?

John Adams at age 90: Few people in his times survived to such an age. Many more do today, but only a few in good health.John Adams at age 90: Few people in his times survived to such an age. Many more do today, but only a few in good health.People have never lived so long. In the 20th century, life expectancy in some developed countries rose by more than 35 years. At the same time, age-related disorders have become the leading causes of death. But how well do we understand aging, and what this means for our society?

Even more important than life span, however, is the concept of health span—survival into old age in the absence of major disabilities. It is well known that the incidence and morbidity of most diseases increase with age. However, as our life expectancy rises, can we discover ways to live our lives free of frailty and debilitating chronic conditions?

A group of researchers at Brown came together to launch the Biology of Aging Initiative, whose goal is to study human health span. These efforts, representing an emerging academic discipline, have the potential to transform human health and life.



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2018 NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program:
July 30 - August 2, 2018
Bethesda, Maryland

The NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly Summer Institute on Aging Research) is accepting applications for an intensive introduction to aging research. This program for investigators that are new to aging research is focused on the breadth of research supported by the National Institute on Aging, including basic biology, neuroscience, behavioral and social research, geriatrics and clinical gerontology. As an offering through the NIA Office of Special Populations, program content will include a focus on health disparities, research methodologies, and funding opportunities.

The 2018 B-W Scholars Program will be held July 30-August 3, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Support in most cases is available for travel and living expenses.

Letters of Intent are due March 23, 2018.

Find more information on the 2018 B-W Scholars Program here.

For more grant and research opportunities in the biology of aging, visit the new Nathan Shock Centers website here.

Want to stay up-to-date on all of the BOA events?  Subscribe to the Biology of Aging listserv (BOA, on page 3) to receive emails announcing all of the upcoming seminars and events.

The Biology of Aging Initiative Announces the Availability of Funds for Students and Postdocs to Attend Practical Workshops and Courses. Click here for more information.

Congratulations Yee Voan Teo for receiving the 2017 Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research on the Biology of Aging!!!

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