Research and Funding

Division of Aging Biology

The objective of DAB-funded research is to elucidate the basic biochemical, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying the process of aging and age-related changes in humans and in animal models of human aging. This includes investigations of the gradual or programmed alterations of structure and function that characterize normal aging and investigations of how these adverse changes become risk factors for, or accompany, age-related conditions and disease states. Read more about the Division of Aging Biology »

young and old mice
The goal of this program is to test whether or not ages of laboratory animals can be an important consideration in experiments on disease pathology, response to therapy, intervention or environmental exposure. (Image courtesy of Saul Villeda, UCSF)

Interventions Testing Program

The ITP is a cooperative agreement to test compounds for their potential to extend life span using a mouse model. The goal is to provide preliminary data on potential interventions to promote healthy aging in people. Read more about the Interventions Testing Program »

Scientific Resources

Biological and informatics research resources supported by NIA. Read more about scientific resources for aging research »

Nathan Shock Centers

This Core Center Grant program was established in 1995 to enhance well-developed institutional programs in basic research on aging. Read more about the Nathan Shock Centers »

Featured Video

Dr. Nancy Nadon discusses the NIA Interventions Testing Program and how it demonstrates the importance of testing both sexes in studies of aging in animal models.