Aging in fast motion to see why our cells get tired of regenerating

February 26, 2014

Dr. William Stanford has received $1M from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to explore what's happening at the molecular level that makes our cells more susceptible to stress and less capable of regeneration as we get older. Dr. Stanford's novel approach uses stem cells derived from the skin cells of patients with a rare disease called Progeria, which causes a child to age extremely rapidly. Forming wrinkles by age eight, these patients usually die from a heart attack or stroke by age 13. Dr. Stanford's team will examine how small molecules called reactive oxygen species make cell division more difficult and lead to numerous age-related diseases, such as hardening of the arteries. Further details, including a list of co-investigators, can be found in CIHR’s Funding Decision Database.

Co-investigators: Dr. Jeffrey Dilworth, Dr. Michael Hendzel

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