The Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging program is funded by the Division of Aging Biology of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Felipe Sierra, PhD, is the Director of the Division of Aging Biology (DAB).
The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of the gradual or programmed alterations of structure and function that characterize normal aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states.
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute seeks to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Learn more about the NIA’s mission and programs here.