The proposed program, """"""""Research Training in Biogerontology,"""""""" seeks a five-year continuation (-26 to -30) of our current award, a grant originally funded in 1985 and supported through April of 2010. Funds to support 6 predoctoral and 3 postdoctoral trainees are requested, matching current program size. This Program is situated within a Geriatrics Center that provides an exceptionally rich intellectual environment for research and training in the biology of aging, through its dedicated research space, Pepper Center, Nathan Shock Center, and GRECC core grants, multiple NIA-funded R01, U01, and P01 grants, and recent recruitment of new faculty. The Preceptor group includes 23 well-funded faculty members from 15 departments. The main goal of the Training Program is to select, train and prepare graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for careers as leaders in biological and biomedical aging research. Predoctoral trainees are accepted into the program only after they have completed departmental course requirements and embarked on full-time research programs. The main activity of each predoctoral and postdoctoral trainee is the development of a faculty-supervised research project leading to discoveries and peer-reviewed publications on important questions in the biology of aging. Trainee research projects are also expected to meet the highest professional standards in cognate disciplines of neuroscience, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology and physiology. In addition to discipline-specific training provided by the mentor and department, each trainee also benefits from Training Program activities that provide deep and broad background in modern aging research. These include a biweekly research series in which faculty presentations alternate with trainee research-in-progress talks;a monthly journal club;participation in Shock and Pepper Center annual research retreats;presentations at the annual Geriatrics Center research symposium;and opportunities to interact with guest speakers who visit each year to discuss topics in aging and geriatrics. Trainees also benefit from the University's well-established resources for training in the responsible conduct of research. The physical resources available to trainees through the Geriatrics Center and the University are outstanding, and include over 17,000 sq. ft. of wet lab space in the newly opened Biomedical Sciences Research Building, as well as the Medical Center's many sophisticated technical core facilities.

Public Health Relevance

High quality training in the biology of aging will prepare students and trainees for outstanding careers at the forefront of Biogerontology, helping them make discoveries in the relation of aging to the diseases that afflict people in the second half of their lifespan.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Institutional National Research Service Award (T32)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAG1-ZIJ-3 (J3))
Program Officer
Sierra, Felipe
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Anatomy/Cell Biology
Schools of Medicine
Ann Arbor
United States
Zip Code
Ho, Theodore T; Warr, Matthew R; Adelman, Emmalee R et al. (2017) Autophagy maintains the metabolism and function of young and old stem cells. Nature 543:205-210
Gu, P; Wang, Y; Bisht, K K et al. (2017) Pot1 OB-fold mutations unleash telomere instability to initiate tumorigenesis. Oncogene 36:1939-1951
Ghosh, Amiya K; O'Brien, Martin; Mau, Theresa et al. (2017) Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) deficient mice are protected from adipose tissue inflammation in aging. Aging (Albany NY) 9:1971-1982
Garratt, Michael; Bower, Brian; Garcia, Gonzalo G et al. (2017) Sex differences in lifespan extension with acarbose and 17-? estradiol: gonadal hormones underlie male-specific improvements in glucose tolerance and mTORC2 signaling. Aging Cell 16:1256-1266
Pickering, Andrew M; Lehr, Marcus; Gendron, Christi M et al. (2017) Mitochondrial thioredoxin reductase 2 is elevated in long-lived primate as well as rodent species and extends fly mean lifespan. Aging Cell 16:683-692
Seidler, Rachael D; Gluskin, Brittany S; Greeley, Brian (2017) Right prefrontal cortex transcranial direct current stimulation enhances multi-day savings in sensorimotor adaptation. J Neurophysiol 117:429-435
Pendlebury, Devon F; Fujiwara, Yasuhiro; Tesmer, Valerie M et al. (2017) Dissecting the telomere-inner nuclear membrane interface formed in meiosis. Nat Struct Mol Biol 24:1064-1072
Hinder, Lucy M; O'Brien, Phillipe D; Hayes, John M et al. (2017) Dietary reversal of neuropathy in a murine model of prediabetes and metabolic syndrome. Dis Model Mech 10:717-725
Arbuthnott, Devin; Fedina, Tatyana Y; Pletcher, Scott D et al. (2017) Mate choice in fruit flies is rational and adaptive. Nat Commun 8:13953
Chung, Brian Y; Ro, Jennifer; Hutter, Sabine A et al. (2017) Drosophila Neuropeptide F Signaling Independently Regulates Feeding and Sleep-Wake Behavior. Cell Rep 19:2441-2450

Showing the most recent 10 out of 219 publications