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Glenn Center for Aging Research receives additional $3 million from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

The institute’s investigations into the biology of normal human aging and age-related diseases have received a significant boost, thanks to a recent $3 million gift from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research. The gift will support Salk’s Glenn Center for Aging Research, which was established in January 2009 with a $5 million gift, also from the Glenn Foundation. The center draws from 11 of Salk’ s leading laboratories specializing in genetic analysis, stem cell biology and metabolism research.

This image from the Hetzer laboratory is being used to investigate how the organization and the architecture of the nucleus influence gene activity.

“The biology of aging underlies all the major human diseases,” Glenn Foundation president Mark Collins says. “To understand the fundamental aging process and to intervene is to delay the onset of disease, to extend the healthful years of life and reduce costs to society.”

The foundation’s support positions the Glenn Center to rapidly advance aging research and shed light on ways to stave off a multitude of age-related diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. The center, which focuses on whole systems biology, organ biology and cellular aging biology, was the third of eight institutions to join the Glenn Consortium for Research in Aging, which also includes Harvard Medical School, MIT’s Department of Biology, Princeton University and the Stanford University School of Medicine.