From the Director
The University of Washington Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute (HALo) is dedicated to promoting healthy aging in people and their companion animals. Research at the University of Washington and elsewhere has placed us on the cusp of being able to slow the aging process and, thereby, dramatically reduce the burden of age-related disorders such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Our goal is to make this vision a reality by supporting the ongoing work of current UW scientists, recruiting outstanding new investigators to UW, and catalyzing basic and translational science on aging through targeted strategic initiatives.
HALo stands as the centerpiece of an extremely rich environment for aging-related science at UW. The School of Medicine is home to one of only five NIH funded Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, as well as NIH Centers of Excellence for research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Additionally, there are NIH funded training grants dedicated to training graduate students, post-docs, and fellows in Genetic Approaches to Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease research. In the past five years, more than 73 UW faculty have been awarded individual investigator grants from the National Institute on Aging, totaling more than $123.4 million dollars awarded. These resources have created a strong foundation and have allowed us to make dramatic progress in understanding the basic mechanisms of aging.
In addition to research, education and outreach are critical components of the HALo mission. We have established the biology of aging as an area of emphasis for Ph.D. students in both the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program and the Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease graduate program. Several course offerings on the biology of aging are available for undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Along with the Nathan Shock Center, HALo jointly sponsors the Biology of Aging Seminar Series which brings several of the top scientists in the field to UW each spring for stimulating presentations and discussion. We are also excited to announce that beginning in 2015, we will also offer a public seminar series for non-scientists on Maximizing Healthy Aging. UW researchers will talk about their research on aging in a format that is accessible and encourages questions and lively discussion. I hope to see you there!
This is an exciting time for aging research at the UW. Explore the HALo website and contact us with any questions or ideas that you may have. With your support, I believe that interventions to significantly extend lifespan and improve healthy aging in people and their companion animals can become a reality within the next decade.
-Dr. Matt Kaeberlein
Dr. Matt Kaeberlein, Director, HALo.
Photo by Clare McLean.