Aging and Age-Related Diseases
With more individuals living longer, the aging Arizona population brings unique challenges and opportunities to health care. Critical research is essential to understand the processes of normal and healthy aging; determine the causes of age-related diseases; develop and test drugs, devices, and behavioral interventions to minimize handicap and disease; and maximize functionality and independence for a higher quality of life.
We are uniquely poised to conduct both basic and clinical research on the biology of aging and age- related brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological conditions. Our studies range from brain imaging, to assessing molecular and genomic changes during aging, to dietary and exercise interventions. With our health and community partners, we have the expertise and support to translate basic studies into effective treatments and life-enhancing strategies for humankind, ultimately reducing costs and increasing the odds for a long, healthy, productive, and 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.