San Antonio Nathan Shock Center

Director: Randy Strong, PhD

The mission of the San Antonio Nathan Shock Center is to discover the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the aging process in order to develop strategies to promote healthy aging.  The aging process plays an important role in the development of chronic disease and disability.

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San Antonio Claude D. Pepper Center

Director: Sara Espinoza, MD, MSc

As a recipient of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Barshop Institute is furthering research efforts towards the clinical aspect. The Pepper Center designation enables the translation of research into practical applications in the lives of older Americans.

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San Antonio Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

Director: Sara E. Espinoza, MD, MSc

Established 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.

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Cellular Senescence Tissue Mapping Center

Leader: Nicolas Musi, MD

The Common Fund’s Cellular Senescence Network (SenNet) Program was established to comprehensively identify and characterize the differences in senescent cells across the body, across various states of human health, and across the lifespan.  SenNet will provide publicly accessible atlases of senescent cells, the differences among them, and the molecules they secrete, using data collected from multiple human and model organism tissues.

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Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium Adult Clinical Center

Director: Nicolas Musi, MD

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have created the University of Texas Adult Clinical Center (UTACC) for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity Consortium (MoTrPAC).

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Marmoset Aging Center

Co-Leader: Adam B. Salmon, PhD
Co-Leader: Cory Ross, PhD

The 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.

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San Antonio Aging Interventions Testing Program

Director: Randy Strong, PhD
Co-Director: James Nelson, PhD

The 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.

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Naked Mole-Rat Aging Center

Leader: Adam Salmon, PhD

The 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.

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