Age is the predominant risk factor for many diseases including the big killers, cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuro-degeneration. Older adults are the fastest growing segment of the population, carry the greatest disease burden, and consume the largest portion of health care at the greatest cost. Modern aging science is a multidisciplinary field that is concerned with understanding the causes and effects of aging. Recent progress in aging research has opened the possibility of developing rational interventions that may extend the period of healthy life as well as therapeutic strategies that can relieve the adverse effects of aging on health and well being.
Several groups at the University of Rochester conduct excellent and internationally recognized aging science. The function of the Rochester Aging Research (RoAR) Center supports multi-disciplinary research in which the different areas of expertise join forces, taking advantage of technical and conceptual advances in geriatrics, basic and applied aging research. The mission of the Center is to support collaborative and interdisciplinary aging research, organizing educational and scientific events that showcase aging and geriatric research excellence, and fostering interactions that result in an innovative program of extramurally funded research designed to transform our understanding of the aging process and approaches to the treatment and prevention of age associated illness. The RoAR Center interacts closely with the Office of Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) to facilitate translation of basic discoveries into geriatric applications.
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Oncology
Dr. Gorbunova studies exceptionally
long-lived and cancer-proof animals,
such as naked mole rats, with the goal
of applying this knowledge to improve
Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Genetics
Dr. Bohmann studies the fundamental
causes of aging and age-associated
diseases, at the level of genes
and molecules, to find ways to
stay healthy longer.