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Healthspan and Functional Assessment Core


Healthspan and Functional Assessment Core

Core Leader: Randy Strong, PhD
Core Co-leader for cognition assessments in aging and Alzheimer's disease animal models: Veronica Galvan, PhD
Core Co-leader for cardiovascular function assessments: Merry Lindsey, PhD
Core Co-leader for endocrine/metabolic function and body composition/structure assessments: James Nelson, PhD

The purpose of the Healthspan and Functional Assessment Core is to provide researchers in aging with measures of the functional status of animal models of aging by assessing the performance of an array of organs and physiological systems.  Emphasis is on functions known to be altered with age or in age-related diseases and that may be important to health.


  • Provide assessments of endocrine/metabolic function and body composition/structure: The Core offers equipment and expertise in measuring resting and total metabolic rates, total activity, temporal patterns of activity and metabolism, and body composition.
  • Provide investigators with the tools and expertise to measure a variety of cardiac parameters in mice using our state-of-the-artVevo 770™ High-Resolution in vivo Imaging System (Visual Sonics) and other non-invasive assessments of systolic and diastolic function in mice using techniques such as echocardiography.
  • Provide tests of locomotor behavior and cognitive health using methods to evaluate balance and coordination, gait, grip strength, neuropathy, as well as various procedures to measure cognitive ability and decline in mice.
An additional major function of the Healthspan and Functional Assessment Core is to provide the appropriate expertise and education on the use of Core tools both to help investigators gather preliminary data for grant applications and to help investigators with manuscript preparation.

Services are partially underwritten by the NIA Nathan Shock Center.  Contact the Core Leader or the specific Core Co-leader for details concerning your area of study.



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