Aging and Age-Related Diseases
With more individuals living longer, the aging population will bring unique challenges in health care and need for innovative solutions. People desire to live long, healthy, and independent lives, without the burden of disease. Critical research and development remains to be done to understand the processes of normal and healthy aging, determine the causes of age-related diseases, develop and test drugs, devices, diagnostics, and behavioral interventions to minimize handicap and disease, and maximize functionality and independence towards a higher quality of life.
We are uniquely poised to conduct both basic and clinical research into the biology of aging and age-related brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological conditions. Strong transdisciplinary teams have already been built, and include experts in neuroscience, medicine, molecular and cellular biology, surgery, psychology, and other departments. The UA is facilitating studies ranging from brain imaging to looking at molecular and genomic changes during aging to dietary and exercise interventions. Together with our health and community partners, we have the expertise and collaborative infrastructure to translate basic studies into effective treatments and life-enhancing strategies for humankind. This will ultimately reduce health care costs and increase the chance for a long, healthy, productive, disease-free life.
Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton is an innovative and creative neuroscientist whose early insights led to the leadership position she holds today in the field of Alzheimer’s, the aging female brain, and regenerative therapeutics to prevent, delay, and treat the disease. Her passion for her research is matched only by the breadth of her welcoming of diversity to the scientific endeavor. Her insights, which predated the advent of precision medicine, formed the basis for research programs that are critical to personalized therapeutic care for Alzheimer’s disease.