Aging NHP Resource
The number of elderly in industrialized nations is projected to grow rapidly, doubling in size within the next 25 years. In the U.S., the expansive baby-boom generation, coupled with increased lifespan, will result in a record number of retirees. However, it is anticipated that there will also be an escalation in the number of elderly who experience a significant period of fragility, encumbered by progressive illnesses. This will be a challenge for the management of health care, social services, and benefits programs.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) was created by Congress in 1974, to meet the emerging aging challenge, with a focus on the extension of
the "health-span" of people. In order to accelerate research on
aging and its diseases, the NIA helped create and maintain
models for the study of human aging, which include rodents, and also the monkeys
in the Primate Aging Study (PAS). The PAS program provides support
for the formation and maintenance of colonies of aged nonhuman primates at
ONPRC and other participating Primate
Centers. The PAS colonies leverage the existing resources and
infrastructure at the NPRCs to produce and maintain this vital research model.
- Manage the enrollment of animals into the PAS program.
- Provide technical and veterinary consultation to for research efforts.
- Promote collaborative efforts in basic and clinical science.
- Collect biomarker information using non-invasive techniques, such as in vivo scans.
- Support project development and coordinate animal assignments to projects.
- Maintain an aged tissue archive for scientific discovery.
- Explore the ONPRC database for age-related information.
The Aging Nonhuman Primates Resource also provides the foundation for the Biology of Aging Program. This research focus group was recently generated due to wide interest in aging by the researchers at ONPRC and OHSU, and will help create a multi-disciplinary approach in the study of senescence in the nonhuman primate.Steven G. Kohama, Ph.D., Senior Staff Scientist, Head
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