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Catalyst Awardee

Centenarian Species Genomes Project

Glenn Gerhard, MD, Lewiz Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; and Sudhir Kumar, PhD, Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, Temple University
Competition Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine The central tenet to our idea is that in order to extend the human healthspan, the biological mechanisms that specify maximum…




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Genetic Regulation of Exceptional Longevity in Rockfishes

Stephen Treaster, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Competition Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine Rockfishes (Sebastes genus), with nearly twenty-fold variation in longevity, are an untapped source of natural experiments in modulating, and resisting, the deleterious effects of age. The longest-lived can maintain health and function for over…

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Halting Inflammaging Through Skin Barrier Restoration

Katrina Abuabara, MD, MA, MSCE, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and University of California, Berkeley; Timothy Berger, MD, UCSF; Steven Cummings, MD, San Francisco Coordinating Center and UCSF; Theodora Mauro, MD, UCSF and Veterans Administration Health Care System; and Charles E. McCulloch, PhD, UCSF Competition Sponsor: U.S. National Academy…


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Investigating the Mechanisms of Age Dependent Decline in the Immunosurveillance of Senescent Cells by Natural Killer Cells

Amit Sharma, Ph.D., SENS Research Foundation; and Judith Campisi, Ph.D., Buck Institute
Competition Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine Senescent cells are characterized by an irreversible arrest of the cell cycle and secrete a milieu of pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors collectively referred to as the Senescence-Associated Secretory Phenotype (SASP)…

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Investigating the Role of Intestinal Alkaline Phosphatase in the Aging-Associated Changes in Gut Barrier and Microbiome Using a Novel Microfluidic Intestine-on-Chip Model

Vidisha Mohad, PhD, Richard Hodin, MD, and Nima Saedi, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Competition Sponsor: U.S. National Academy of Medicine Aging increases the vulnerability to many gastrointestinal diseases and is associated with the chronic inflammation, referred to as inflammaging. Aging- associated alteration in the microbiota has…

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