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Anatomy and Neurobiology Aging Program Project Grant Renewed

Contact: Jennifer Bonck

 

Behavioral slowing is one of the cardinal features of human aging, contributing to debilitating deterioration in posture, balance and motor functions. This program project analyzes changes in the brain underlying behavioral slowing and tests therapeutic approaches for intervention. Key studies in the program project include assessing the ability of a human growth factor, glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), to improve or reverse age-associated changes in brain aging.

 

April 15, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology recently received a competitive renewal award for the next five years for its National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aging Program Project grant, “Aging of Central Dopaminergic Systems in Primates.” The program project grant, first funded in 1997 for five years, totals $4,059,620 through January of 2008. Don M. Gash, Ph.D., Alumni Endowed Chair, professor and chair, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, UK College of Medicine, is the program director of the grant.

Behavioral slowing is one of the cardinal features of human aging, contributing to debilitating deterioration in posture, balance and motor functions. This program project analyzes changes in the brain underlying behavioral slowing and tests therapeutic approaches for intervention. Key studies in the program project include assessing the ability of a human growth factor, glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), to improve or reverse age-associated changes in brain aging.

For more information visit the UK Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Web site.


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