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Science Pop-Up Talks - The Search for the Fountain of Youth
By Professor Corinna Ross, Texas A&M University Although advances in medical care have resulted in increased human lifespan we have made relatively few advances in increasing human healthspan. While we continue to explore the mechanistic pathways of aging, it is important to also view aging as a systemic process associated with increased risk for diseases including cardiovascular disease, dementia, frailty, and cancer. Animal models offer the advantage of being able to control environmental factors including nutrition and infection, as well as maintain lifelong confirmed medical history of the individual. The marmoset offers a unique nonhuman primate model for aging studies due to their short lifespan and small size. Marmosets have been found to display many aging diseases that mimic human aging including increased blood pressure, increased inflammatory disease, and decreased cognition. We have begun evaluating treatments in the marmosets that may prevent the loss of function due to aging. There is hope that one of these treatments may truly be the fountain of youth. Corinna Ross is an Associate Professor of Biology at Texas A&M University San Antonio and an Associate Professor at the Southwest National Primate Research Center, Texas Biomedical Research Institute. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln (PhD 2005), University of Nebraska Omaha (MA 1999) and Cornell University (BS 1997). She was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, with a fellowship in the Biology of Aging. After joining the faculty at A&M San Antonio she was awarded a Claude D. Pepper Center research fellowship to continue training in translational gerontology. She is currently the Southwest National Primate Research Center Marmoset Colony Administrator, the San Antonio Marmoset Aging Program co-director, and the San Antonio Pepper Center Core co-director. Her research focuses on marmosets, which are small primates, to explore questions in primate behavior and physiology, and translational biomedicine.
Event Type : Study Groups      
Category : Science Pop-Up Talks
Date(s) : 03/18/2021
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Location : Online
Instructor : Varied, see description
Fee : $10.00
Event Status : COMPLETED