Researchers Receive Grant for Human Aging

    Scientists researching the process of human aging at the
    UCSD School of Medicine division of geriatrics will receive a grant of nearly
    $2 million from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation to continue their work.

    “We are proud to support research of such great promise for
    patients of advanced age,” President of the Hillblom Foundation Peter J.
    Donnici said in a statement. “This study at UC San Diego is an excellent fit
    with the philanthropic mission of our foundation. We are pleased to provide the
    funding for this groundbreaking, innovative research which has the potential to
    positively affect individuals nationally and globally.”

    The research is part of a four-year project aimed at
    understanding the biology behind the human aging process.

    Goals of the project include potentially developing
    mechanisms by which to reduce the negative impacts of aging on the human body,
    including such chronic afflictions as Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular
    disease and diabetes.

    “This research should provide important insight into some of
    the most fundamental questions related to the process of aging,” head of UCSD’s
    division of geriatrics Laura Dugan said. “The primary objective of the research
    is to identify the underlying problems of aging and to develop interventions to
    overcome them. We are extremely grateful to the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation
    for their continued generous and comprehensive support of aging research at UC
    San Diego.”

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