Scientific links to the topics ageing, age-related diseases and senescence

General information, organisations, ...

  • Alliance for Aging Research
    non-profit organization; support and accelerate the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health
  • Alzheimer Europe
    non-profit organization; improve the care and treatment of Alzheimer patients through intensified collaboration between its member associations; in the longer term, AE is striving to become the coordination and information centre for all organizations working in this specific field, such as day care centres, sitting services, training centres for professionals and related organisations
  • Alzheimer Research Forum
    independent non-profit organization; web's most dynamic scientific community dedicated to understanding Alzheimer's disease and related disorders
  • American Aging Association (AGE)
    national not-for-profit organization; promote biomedical aging studies directed towards increasing the functional life span of humans with one goal being to slow the aging proces; keep the public informed of the progress of aging research and of practical means of achieving a long and healthy life; increase knowledge of gerontology among physicians and others in the health fields
  • Infoaging
    easy-to-understand information on the latest aging research; web site of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)



Research institutions (biomedical research)

  • Aging Research Center (ARC), University Stockholm, Sweden
    engaged in many areas of research such as systems biology, brain imaging via automated imaging microscopy, the study of neuroendocrine changes in the hypothalamus, whole body scanning systems, the study of an entire organism as it ages and the effects of hormonal changes on the aging process
  • Buck Institute for Age Research, USA
    studies are focused on the aging process itself, the development of age-related diseases and the potential use of stem cells to treat neurodegenerative diseases and arthritis
  • Indiana University, Center for Aging Research, USA
    geriatric health services research.; three highly integrated foci: Aging Brain – research on late life depression, dementia, and delirium; Gero-informatics – research on the use of information technology; Health Promotion – research on self-care, lifestyle, and prevention
  • Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH), Newcastle University, UK
    research is centred around the following themes: Biology of ageing; Experimental Medicine; Clinical translation for patient benefit; Nutrition and oral health; Ageing health and society; Technology for an ageing population, and Ethics, philosophy and engagement
  • Institute for Biomedical Aging Research (IBA), Austria
    specific research goals: (a) to study aging processes at the cellular/molecular level in order to better understand age-related impairments and diseases; (b) to define measures to postpone/prevent age-related impairments and diseases in order to improve the quality of life in old age
  • Institute of Gerontology (IOG), Wayne State University, USA
    areas of interest: Biological - focusing on the biochemical processes and their relationship to aging; Clinical - focusing on a diverse research agenda on the interplay between aging and disease; Interdisciplinary - address how the biomedical and social sciences and the humanities can interact with one another in research public policy; Methodology - statisticians and methodologists whose innovative work continues to enhance statistical analyses; and Social - whose main focus of research is on the social, economic, and health care delivery issues of an aging population
  • Institute on Aging (IOA), University of North Carolina, USA
    promote collaborative applied and basic gerontological research; develop innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice, and provide state-of-the-art information to policy makers, program managers, service providers, clinicians, and the general public
  • UCLA Memory and Aging Center, USA
    provides state-of-the-art cognitive and brain scanning assessments, programs for improving mental performance, and opportunities to volunteer for brain imaging and memory research
  • Virtual Institute of Neurodegeneration & Ageing, Germany
    research in the field of neurodegeneration and ageing; better understanding of the pathogenic principles of neurodegenerative diseases via exploring their interaction with mechanisms of ageing in the Central Nervous System (CNS) in general



Networks & projects

  • European Research Area in Ageing (ERA-AGE)
    four year project funded by the European Commission, under the Sixth Framework Programme; aim of ERA-AGE is to promote the development of a European strategy for research on ageing and, thereby, to enable Europe to gain maximum added value from investment in this field
  • Genetics of Healthy Aging (GEHA) project
    GEHA consortium clusters 25 partners coming from 11 European countries, and China; aim of project is to identify genes involved in healthy aging and longevity, which allow individuals to survive to advanced old age in good cognitive and physical function and in the absence of major age-related diseases
  • LifeSpan, The Netherlands
    EU funded 'Network of Excellence - LifeSpan' that integrates research into development and ageing; establish the relationship between early-life events, and late-life survival, and health, and to identify the mechanisms that underpin this relationship
  • MARK-AGE EU research project
    European-wide search for biomarkers of ageing; project involves 26 research groups from universities, national research centres and companies in 14 European countries




  • AlzGene Database (Alzheimer Research Forum)
    aims to provide a comprehensive, unbiased and regularly updated collection of genetic association studies performed on Alzheimer’s disease phenotypes; includes summaries of key characteristics of the investigated populations, as well as genotype distributions in cases and controls; provides continuously updated random-effects meta-analyses for polymorphisms with genotype data in at least three case-control samples
  • Human Ageing Genomic Resources (HAGR)
    collection of databases and tools designed to help researchers understand the genetics of human ageing through a combination of functional genomics and evolutionary biology



Books (selection)


A means to an end: the biological basis of aging and death
by William R. Clark (Author)

Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 28, 2002)
ISBN-10: 0195153758
ISBN-13: 978-0195153750


Aging and age-related diseases: the basics
by Micha Karasek (Editor)

Nova Biomedical Books; 1 edition (September 30, 2006)
ISBN-10: 1594544263
ISBN-13: 978-1594544262


Aging and human longevity
by M.-F. Schulz-Aellen (Author)

Birkhäuser Boston; 1 edition (January 1, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0817639640
ISBN-13: 978-0817639648


Aging of the genome: the dual role of DNA in life and death
by Jan Vijg (Author)

Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (March 29, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0198569238
ISBN-13: 978-0198569237


Apoptosis, senescence and cancer
by David A. Gewirtz (Editor), Shawn E. Holt (Editor), Steven Grant (Editor)

Humana Press; 2nd ed. edition (December 17, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1588295273
ISBN-13: 978-1588295279


Biological aging: methods and protocols
by Trygve O. Tollefsbol (Editor)

Humana Press; 1 edition (April 5, 2007)
ISBN-10: 158829658X
ISBN-13: 978-1588296580


Biology of aging: observations and principles
by Robert Arking (Author)

Oxford University Press, USA; 3 edition (February 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0195167392
ISBN-13: 978-0195167399


Cell growth, differentiation and senescence: a practical approach
by George P. Studzinski (Editor)

Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (December 15, 1999)
ISBN-10: 0199637687
ISBN-13: 978-0199637683


Cells, aging, and human disease
by Michael B. Fossel (Author)

Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (June 10, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0195140354
ISBN-13: 978-0195140354


Dementia: a clinical approach
by Mario Mendez (Author), Jeffrey L. Cummings (Author)

Butterworth-Heinemann; 3 edition (July 11, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0750674709
ISBN-13: 978-0750674706


Energy metabolism and lifespan determination
by M.P. Mattson (Editor)

Elsevier Science; 1 edition (December 1, 2003)
ISBN-10: 0444514929
ISBN-13: 978-0444514929


Evolutionary biology of aging
by Michael R. Rose (Author)

Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (October 27, 1994)
ISBN-10: 0195095308
ISBN-13: 978-0195095302


Handbook of gerontology: evidence-based approaches to theory, practice, and policy
by James A. Blackburn (Editor), Catherine N. Dulmus (Editor)

Wiley; 1 edition (April 20, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0471771708
ISBN-13: 978-0471771708


Handbook of the biology of aging
by Edward J. Masoro (Editor), Steven N. Austad (Editor)

Academic Press; 6 edition (December 20, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0120883872
ISBN-13: 978-0120883875


Human senescence: evolutionary and biocultural perspectives
by Douglas E. Crews (Author)

Cambridge University Press (January 12, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0521571731
ISBN-13: 978-0521571739


Molecular biology of aging
by Leonard P. Guarente (Editor), Linda Partridge (Editor), Douglas C., Ph.D. Wallace (Editor)

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 1 edition (October 30, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0879698241
ISBN-13: 978-0879698249


Oxidative stress and age-related neurodegeneration
by Yuan Luo (Editor), Lester Packer (Editor)

CRC; 1 edition (November 21, 2005)
ISBN-10: 0849337259
ISBN-13: 978-0849337253


Physiological basis of aging and geriatrics
by Paola S. Timiras (Editor)

Informa Healthcare; 4 edition (August 16, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0849373050
ISBN-13: 978-0849373053


Protein phosphorylation in aging and age-related disease
by Mark P. Mattson (Editor)

Elsevier Publishing Company; 1 edition (March 2004)
ISBN-10: 0444515836
ISBN-13: 978-0444515834


Telomerase, aging and disease
by M.P. Mattson (Editor)

Elsevier Science; 1st edition (October 15, 2001)
ISBN-10: 044450690X
ISBN-13: 978-0444506900


The biology of human longevity
by Caleb E. Finch (Author)

Academic Press; 1 edition (July 17, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0123736579
ISBN-13: 978-0123736574


The Cambridge handbook of age and ageing
by Malcolm L. Johnson (Editor), Vern L. Bengtson (Editor), Peter G. Coleman (Editor), Thomas B. L. Kirkwood (Editor)

Cambridge University Press (January 9, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0521826322
ISBN-13: 978-0521826327


The dementias: diagnosis, treatment, and research
by Myron F. Weiner (Editor), Anne M., Ph.D. Lipton (Editor)

American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; 3 edition (January 2003)
ISBN-10: 1585620432
ISBN-13: 978-1585620432


The realities of aging: an introduction to gerontology
by Cary S. Kart (Author), Jennifer M. Kinney (Author)

Allyn & Bacon; 6 edition (August 10, 2000)
ISBN-10: 0205318029
ISBN-13: 978-0205318025



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Last update: June 13, 2008

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