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.
Discipline Co-Leader: Peter Hornsby, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
The Biology of Aging Discipline is one of the disciplines of the Integrated BioMedical Sciences Graduate Program (IBMS) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. It provides education and training for graduate students interested in basic research that holds promise for practical application towards lifespan intervention.
The IBMS is a truly integrated, multidisciplinary program made up of seven disciplines that cross basic science and clinical departments. Students choose course work, an area of research and a mentor based on their interests and professional goals. The Graduate School partnerships inside and outside the University, including businesses and community organizations, provide additional support and experiences by consulting students and providing internships and potential employment opportunities.
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.