The Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging

Our long-term goal is to focus our diverse expertise in biology and genomics on the problems and disorders associated with aging, building a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms at work in lifespan and health span. The Shock Center has transformed aging research by providing the unique resources necessary to enable a systems-wide approach to understanding health span and aging processes.

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 publically 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.

Funding from The National Institute on Aging enabled the establishment of this center, a Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Aging studies here are also supported by the Ellison Medical Foundation. Funding for the Shock Center is provided by NIH P30 AG038070.

Frequently Asked Questions

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, each Nathan Shock Center has several specialized cores that provide services to Shock Center members, as well as for-fee services to the community at large. The cores are different in each Center, depending on the strengths of each Institution.

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 Shock Center inquiries to Luanne Peters or Gary Churchill.