Our mission is four-fold: To understand the basic biology of aging; to discover the therapies that will treat and cure the diseases of aging by fostering dynamic, collaborative research; to educate and train our future scientists and clinicians; to promote public awareness of age-related issues.
Researchers at the Barshop Institute sustain their scientific endeavors by successfully competing for funding at the national level. The Barshop Institute supports their research through a wide range of core services and clinical facilities by sponsoring cutting-edge programs that employ advanced technologies such as genomics and proteomics, transgenic animal models, and pathological assessments.
Faculty members of the Barshop Institute are dedicated to the training and mentoring of promising new physician-scientists and basic researchers in aging through a wide-range of educational opportunities.
Faculty and staff members involved in community outreach programs educate health professionals and the public on timely issues regarding healthy aging.
Dr. Edward Masoro (L), founding director of the UT Health Science Center's Aging Research and Education Center, and Dr. Arlan Richardson (R), director of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.
VisionThis vision of a world-class center for aging research first came into focus in 1991, when Dr. Edward J. Masoro founded the UT Health Science Center's Aging Research and Education Center through a leadership award granted to him by the National Institutes of Health.
Upon Dr.Masoro's retirement in 1996, Dr. Arlan Richardson was named the Center's director, and in 1998, Dr. Richardson turned the burgeoning success of the aging program into an all-out campaign to build a state-of-the-art, basic research facility for studies in the genetics of aging and longevity. In 2001, the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies was born thanks to a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Sam Barshop, prominent San Antonio philanthropists. Dr. Richardson and the faculty members at the Barshop Institute are extremely grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Barshop for their vision and steadfast support in helping to develop the Barshop Institute into an unparalleled center for studies of aging and age-related diseases.