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Salk's Glenn Center for Aging Research receives $3M gift

The Salk Institute has received a $3 million gift from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research to allow the institute to continue conducting research to understand the biology of normal human aging and age-related diseases.

The gift will support the research of the Glenn Center for Aging Research at the Salk Institute, which was established in January 2009, with a $5 million gift from the Glenn Foundation. The center draws from 11 of Salk's leading laboratories specializing in genetic analysis, stem cell biology and metabolism research.

"The biology of aging underlies all the major human diseases," Glenn Foundation President Mark R. Collins said. "To understand the fundamental aging process and to intervene is to delay the onset of disease, to extend the healthful years of life and reduce costs to society."

The support of the Glenn Foundation positions the center to rapidly advance aging research and shed light on ways to stave off a multitude of age-related diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

The center will use the Glenn Foundation gift to further support research into the biology of normal aging with the objective of developing interventions to delay its onset and progression. The center was the third of eight institutions to join the Glenn Consortium for Research in Aging, which includes Harvard Medical School, MIT Department of Biology, Princeton University and Stanford School of Medicine.

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