Why Study Aging?
By the year 2040, over 20% of the population will be over the age of 65. The health issues of the elderly population are becoming increasingly important as this growth continues. Age-related diseases are becoming the leading health challenge in our nation today.
The goal of aging and longevity studies is to improve and extend the quality of life of our aging population. Discoveries in aging research are needed to ensure our citizens enjoy good health later in life.
Program Leader: Peter Hornsby, PhD, Professor of Physiology
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers a discipline in the Biology of Aging that provides graduate students with a unique curriculum designed to educate them in the basic biology of aging, thereby preparing them to thrive at a unique interface of bioscience and medicine. The program will encompass lectures and laboratory experience in molecular, cellular, and physiological mechanisms of aging.
Also covered will be theories of aging, genetic versus environmental impacts on aging rate, experimental paradigms of aging research, the biology of model organisms, demographic analysis of aging, comparative and evolutionary biology of aging, pathobiology of selected organ systems, and recent advances in genetic and environmental treatments that extend life and prevent disease.
The MD/PhD Program is producing outstanding physician-scientists by providing an integrated, cohesive educational experience in which both the MD and PhD degrees are earned in a single continuous and integrated enrollment. It is expected that graduates of this program will have the rigorous research and clinical training necessary to ensure successful and productive careers as physician-scientists in leadership positions in academic medicine, in public and private research institutions, and/or in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries.