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Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies

Center and Core Facilities

San Antonio Aging Interventions Testing Program

Director: Randy Strong, Ph.D.
Co-Director: James Nelson, Ph.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808The Aging Interventions Testing Program (ITP) at San Antonio is funded by the Biology of Aging Program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to evaluate treatment strategies likely to prevent or delay adverse age-dependent changes in cells and tissues, and to diminish the burden of disease in old age. Interventions considered for the program include, but are not limited to pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, plant extracts, hormones, chelators, and redox agents.

San Antonio Nathan Shock Center

Director: Randy Strong, Ph.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808With its evolving Cores, enrichment and training programs, and supported research projects, the San Antonio Nathan Shock Center has for nearly 20 years provided critical support to investigators locally, nationally and abroad. With its existing and growing intellectual capital, the San Antonio Nathan Shock Center is poised to provide (1) an enhanced platform to conduct horizontally-integrated (lifespan, healthspan, pathology) transformative research in the biology of aging, and (2) a springboard for advanced educational and training activities.

San Antonio Pepper Center

Director: Nicolas Musi, M.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808Launched in 2015 with funding from the National Institute on Aging and UTHSCSA, the San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (San Antonio  OAIC) represents the next step in UTHSCSA’s evolution as an aging research and healthcare care leader. The Barshop Institute is one of the few places in the country that can both investigate the aging process and move the findings into the clinic. The San Antonio OAIC is housed in the Center for Healthy Aging, the Barshop Institute's clinical branch. 

San Antonio GRECC

Director: Nicolas Musi, M.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808Established in 1987, the San Antonio Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) serves elderly Veterans in central and south Texas. The mission of the San Antonio GRECC is to be a center of excellence for the advancement of research, education, and clinical care in geriatrics and gerontology. Through the commitment, motivation, creativity, and dedication from all the people who are part of the GRECC, and affiliated institutions and centers, we strive to improve the life of older Veterans that served our Country.

Marmoset Aging Center

Director: Suzette Tardif, Ph.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808The Marmoset Aging Center has established a specific-pathogen free, barrier-maintained colony of marmosets -- a unique primate model for the study of aging and age-related disease. The Center is the only facility in the world that maintains marmosets under barrier conditions, to promote excellent health and produce large numbers of aged animals for research.

Naked Mole-Rat Aging Center

Director: James Nelson, Ph.D.

ResearcherAtWirk Large1808The Naked Mole-Rat Center seeks to gain a better understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that the longest-lived rodent, the naked mole-rat (NMR) uses to thwart the aging process and maintain cancer-free good health well into their third decade of life. In particular, the Center is currently using genomic and metabolomics approaches to address the underlying mechanisms that facilitate the maintenance of protein stability and genomic integrity in rodents of disparate longevity.


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