Following on from last week's news, it seems the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research is establishing a brace of new laboratories for the study of aging, joining those formed a few years back. Which is to say that the Foundation is reinforcing some of the existing leading lights in aging and longevity science, and in the process of delivering sizable grants is setting up new, named research centers. This time it's the turn of researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has received a $3 million grant from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to establish the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research. The grant will fund research to translate recent laboratory and animal discoveries into therapies to slow human aging.
"Paul F. Glenn has been a visionary in aging research for more than 30 years," said Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the new center, the Robert and Renee Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, and professor of developmental and molecular biology, of anatomy and structural biology and of medicine at Einstein. "Some of us got to know him when we were still graduate students and he came to scientific conferences to see the data as it was being developed. Paul's personal approach to science has made a big difference to many of us in the field of aging research and has contributed to the career development of many young investigators."
The funding, in the form of pilot and feasibility study grants, is targeted to several specific research projects: uncovering the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that protect humans against aging and age-related diseases, testing the effectiveness of the first-generation pro-longevity therapies, and developing novel preventive and therapeutic interventions against cellular aging in humans.
Cuervo, you might recall, led the demonstration of reversal of lysosomal decline in the aging liver a few years back, making old mouse livers function as well as when young.