Jackson Laboratory veterinary pathologist named associate editor of new aging journal

Date: June 10, 2011
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Bar Harbor, Maine—Aging is inevitable, but scientists around the world are working to understand and postpone the deleterious processes, or pathobiology, of aging. Jackson Laboratory veterinary pathologist John Sundberg, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, A.C.V.P., is an associate editor of a new scientific journal, Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases, published by Stockholm-based Co-Action Publishing.

The journal aims to provide an interdisciplinary venue for pathology-based manuscripts that focus on the physiological function of aging in laboratory mice and other preclinical mammalian models. From this unique position the journal provides a forum for researchers across disciplines to communicate pathology data that might be of less interest in other journals more focused on generic aging or specific scientific disciplines.

The Jackson Laboratory's Aging Center is a Nathan Shock Center of Excellence funded by the National Institute on Aging. Jackson Laboratory Professor David Harrison, Ph.D., and collaborators made international headlines by demonstrating for the first time that a drug, rapamycin, can actually lengthen lifespan in mice. Other Jackson scientists study diseases associated with aging, such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer's and glaucoma.

Sundberg, the Aging Center's senior pathology advisor, comments, "While it is common knowledge that as we age we develop more diseases, most aging studies focus on ways to make us live longer rather than address the chronic diseases of aging and their underlying causes. This new journal provides a focus on the diseases of aging, which is the most obvious feature that we can address."

By identifying the underlying causes of chronic diseases of aging, defining them carefully, and ultimately identifying tests to predict who will develop what disease, "we can then address treatments and changes in lifestyle to prevent or reduce these diseases,” Sundberg says. “This journal provides a forum to distribute information on discoveries in this field."
In his inaugural editorial, Chief Editor Professor Warren Ladiges of the University of Washington describes the journal’s novel approach. “Aging is indeed an 'old' problem and is being studied in a variety of ways that use mammalian model systems to identify mechanistic pathways that can be targeted to maintain healthy living. In this regard, we are providing a 'new' venue for disseminating information that specifically focuses on the pathobiological aspects of aging and the chronic diseases directly associated with aging."

Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases is an open-access journal available free online at www.pathobiologyofaging.net.

The Jackson Laboratory is a nonprofit biomedical research institution based in Bar Harbor, Maine. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.


Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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