Huffington Center on Aging

Huffington Center on Aging Research

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The Huffington Center on Aging is committed to translating basic and clinical research discoveries, made in the laboratory, into treatment applications that will benefit those individuals who suffer from diseases and conditions that affect the elderly.

Current research projects include:

  • Determining the factors that regulate lifespan and healthspan in model systems
  • Investigating the role of protein turnover and cellular clearance in stem cells and aging
  • Prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease
  • Understanding and preventing age-related disorders such as cancer, diabetes, and liver diseases
  • Maintaining and improving cardiovascular health
  • Cellular restoration and regeneration in auditory and nervous systems
  • Understanding the molecular and genetic basis of development and aging
  • Minimizing frailty in older people

Biology of Aging Seminar


The HCOA sponsors the weekly Biology of Aging Seminar for researchers in all stages of their careers. Local and visiting scientists present their original research findings on a wide variety of topics designed to increase participants' understanding of basic aging processes as well as applications of basic science knowledge to the major diseases of later life.

Look up the upcoming Biology of Aging Seminars here.

The Huffington Distinguished Lectures, as part of the Biology of Aging Seminar series, invites prominent figures in the world of aging to share their knowledge. Previous Huffington Distinguished Lectures are listed here.


Graduate Student Research


Graduate students can join the Biology of Aging Program and join the Aging Track of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.


Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Research


There are multiple research opportunities available through the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, ranging from basic and translational research to clinic and ethical investigation. Trainees from all levels and disciplines are welcome to engage in a variety of projects.

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