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 JAX Center for Aging Research is primarily funded by the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, established through funding from The National Institute on Aging (NIH P30 AG038070). Additional center support includes research contract and collaboration funding from other scientific institutions.
Six Nathan Shock Center's of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging exist 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. Each Nathan Shock Center has several specialized cores that provide services to Shock Center Members, as well as for fee and in kind services and resource to the community at large. The cores are unique in each center, depending on the strengths of each institution. (afar.org)