JAX Center for Aging Research

The JAX Center for Aging Research's long-term goal is to build a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms at work in lifespan and health span. We focus our diverse expertise in biology and genomics on the problems and disorders associated with aging, employing a systems-wide approach to understand aging processes.

The Center has transformed aging research by providing unique resources to move research forward. We are developing and disseminating the next generation of genetic, statistical and information resources necessary to foster research into age-related diseases and human health span. We have also developed nascent regional and national resources for aging research, and all of our data is publicly disseminated on the Mouse Phenome Database. We make available genetic maps, novel statistical methods and aging mouse resources and tissues, supporting investigators throughout the aging research community.

The Center includes a Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, established through funding from The National Institute on Aging (NIH P30 AG038070). Aging studies here are also supported by the Ellison Medical Foundation.

Agingmice.jax.org Research Project Site


Are there other Nathan Shock Centers?

Yes. The Division of Aging Biology of the National Institute on Aging funds Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging across the U.S.

The Centers provide leadership in the pursuit of basic research into the biology of aging. They do so through a Research Development Core that administers small start-up funds locally and organizes national annual meetings to highlight specific areas of research.

In addition to The Jackson Laboratory Shock Center, there are currently four other funded Centers:

  • University of Michigan
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • University of Washington
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine Institute for Aging Research

Who can I contact with questions?

Direct Aging Center inquiries to Ron Korstanje or Gary Churchill.