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San Diego Nathan Shock Center Pilot Grant Program – now accepting applications!

The San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC) is soliciting applications to support projects that will explore the heterogeneity of aging by taking advantage of the scientific services offered by one or more of the SD-NSC Research Resource Cores. These are the Heterogeneity of Aging Core, which offers single cell transcriptomics and epigenetic analysis, mass spectrometry and high-resolution imaging to assess the heterogeneity of cell and tissue aging studies, and the Integrative Models of Aging Core, which offers computational tools to integrate and interpret large datasets from single cell sequencing, proteomic and imaging related to the heterogeneity of aging.  

Up to $15,000 will be awarded to each of the six selected projects. Funds will cover Core services at the SD-NSC subsidized rates 
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Postdoctoral Opportunity Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases T32 Training Program

The Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases T32 Training Grant, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is looking for a postdoc as early as March 1, 2022. Click here to read the flyer. Please contact Sara Seton at with questions.

About the program: The Biology of Aging and Age-Related Diseases NIH/NIA training program is led by Dr. Sanjay Asthana and Dr. Rozalyn Anderson. The training program and expert mentoring team cover the spectrum of aging research, from basic mechanisms of aging to biology of age-related disease, and translational studies of preventative interventions and clinical application. This unique grant covers career development for post-doctoral scholars through didactic training in Basic and Translational Aging Biology, mentored training and professional skill development, the Biology of Aging Seminar Series, and support for conference attendance. For more information about our mentors, trainees, program directors, and more please visit:

The San Diego Nathan Shock Center: tackling the heterogeneity of aging

Understanding basic mechanisms of aging holds great promise for developing interventions that prevent or delay many age-related declines and diseases simultaneously to increase human healthspan. However, a major confounding factor in aging research is the heterogeneity of the aging process itself.
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UC San Diego Geriatrics team ranked #13 in the nation

The San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC) of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging is thrilled to announce that the Geriatrics and Gerontology team at UC San Diego Health has been ranked #13 in this specialty by U.S. News & World Report. More than 4,750 medical centers across the U.S. were evaluated for this survey. “We are very fortunate indeed to have a top-tier team specializing in Geriatrics as a key component of our center” said Gerald S. Shadel, Ph.D., Director of the SD-NSC.

“We are extremely honored by this national recognition”, said Dr. Molina, co-Director of SD-NSC’s Human Cell Models of Aging Core and Vice Chief of Research for the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology, and Palliative Care at UC San Diego. “We strive to optimize the experience of aging through excellence in clinical care, education, and transformative research.

“As part of the SD-NSC, Dr. Molina’s team is building a novel human cohort that represents the breadth of adult chronological age and is extensively characterized forkey physical and functional measures of biological age. Cell samples from these individuals will be used to study a range of aging processes, with the goal of developing personalized interventions to increase health span.
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San Diego Nathan Shock Center announces first grant awardees at inaugural training workshop

The San Diego Nathan Shock Center (SD-NSC) of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, a consortium between the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) Medical Discovery Institute and the University of California San Diego, has announced the first class of pilot grant awardees at the center’s inaugural training workshop. Six recipients, each from a different institution, will receive up to $15,000 to pursue research that advances our understanding of how humans age, with the ultimate goal of extending the number of years of healthy, disease-free life (i.e., health span).
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