Dr. Vincent Giampapa, founder of the Global Foundation for Human Aging Research, believes specific nutraceuticals and drugs, as well as DNA segments, can be used to alter the gene activity of both somatic cells and stem cells to make them function more optimally during the aging process. He believes this is critical to extend healthspan and delay the onset of diseases of aging, including cancer. His goal with this donation is to explore that hypothesis.
The foundation has funded $63,000 to DaVinci Biosciences, LLC in Yorba Linda, CA, towards research designed to help restore the function of old adult stem cells. The research will be directed by Rafael Gonzalez Ph.D.
Scientists at the Sinclair Lab study the processes that fuel aging and age-related diseases and work toward discovering methods for slowing down or reversing these processes. It is run by Harvard Medical School geneticist and aging researcher Dr. David Sinclair, who Dr. Giampapa believes is unraveling the mysteries of aging. The lab’s work ranges from dissecting novel pathways and identifying target genes, to assessing small molecules that may slow the pace of aging and increase health span.
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Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Whitehead Institute is a world-renowned non-profit research institution dedicated to improving human health through basic biomedical research. By cultivating a deeply collaborative culture and enabling the pursuit of bold, creative inquiry, Whitehead fosters paradigm-shifting scientific achievement. For more than 30 years, Whitehead faculty have delivered breakthroughs that have transformed our understanding of biology and accelerated development of therapies for such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and certain cancers.
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