The Second Annual Symposium of the Midwest Aging Consortium: The Future of Aging Research in the Midwestern United States

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Green, Cara L.
Englund, Davis A.
Das, Srijit
Herrerias, Mariana M.
Yousefzadeh, Matthew J.
Grant, Rogan A.
Clark, Josef
Pak, Heidi H.
Liu, Peiduo
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Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
While the average human life span continues to increase, there is little evidence that this is leading to a contemporaneous increase in “healthy years” experienced by our aging population. Consequently, many scientists focus their research on understanding the process of aging and trialing interventions that can promote healthspan. The 2021 Midwest Aging Consortium consensus statement is to develop and further the understanding of aging and age-related disease using the wealth of expertise across universities in the Midwestern United States. This report summarizes the cutting-edge research covered in a virtual symposium held by a consortium of researchers in the Midwestern United States, spanning topics such as senescence biomarkers, serotonin-induced DNA protection, immune system development, multisystem impacts of aging, neural decline following severe infection, the unique transcriptional impact of calorie restriction of different fat depots, the pivotal role of fasting in calorie restriction, the impact of peroxisome dysfunction, and the influence of early life trauma on health. The symposium speakers presented data from studies conducted in a variety of common laboratory animals as well as less-common species, including Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila, mice, rhesus macaques, elephants, and humans. The consensus of the symposium speakers is that this consortium highlights the strength of aging research in the Midwestern United States as well as the benefits of a collaborative and diverse approach to geroscience.
This article is published as Green, Cara L., Davis A. Englund, Srijit Das, Mariana M. Herrerias, Matthew J. Yousefzadeh, Rogan A. Grant, Josef Clark et al. "The Second Annual Symposium of the Midwest Aging Consortium: The Future of Aging Research in the Midwestern United States." The Journals of Gerontology: Series A 76, no. 12 (2021): 2156-2161. doi:10.1093/gerona/glab210. Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.