Introduction to the Biology of Aging

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Why is getting older associated with increasing disease risk? What are the connections between diseases as diverse as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes? How do some people stay so healthy well into their 90s? And how can we accomplish this for everyone? This is a course for non-scientists to get an inside view of how research on aging can transform our health.

This course is designed to take approximately two hours to complete and can be done at multiple intervals.

Buck President & CEO Eric Verdin, MD provides an overview of the Buck Institute’s research activities and the state of research on aging.

The course is offered by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, the world’s first independent research organization to focus entirely on the connection between aging and chronic disease. For more than 20 years, we have been leading the field in decoding the connections between biology and aging. Currently we are working toward translating the breakthrough discoveries made in our labs into therapeutics that can prevent, delay, or even reverse age-related diseases. In this course, we introduce our work, and that of thousands of other scientists across the globe, which is aimed at helping us maintain healthy bodies and minds throughout our lives.

Our goal is not to simply increase lifespan, but to increase healthspan, the period of time spent free from the disabilities and chronic diseases of aging. Watch the video above to begin the course.

This course is made possible by the generous support of the Navigage Foundation.
Navigage: Enhancing the lives of older people through the support of housing, health education and human services.