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The Center for Healthy Aging is working to help the body repair itself as it grows synergy between the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University and the community.

CHA has two primary parts: Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience. Each of these cross-cutting components include: 

  • Basic science research (cell/molecular biology, stem cell research and regenerative medicine)
  • Translational research (animal models, including rodents and large animals) 
  • Clinical research studies, including functional assessments and biomarkers

Ultimately, the development of this Center will also require expansion of the clinical program in Geriatric Medicine with recruitment of a Section Chief in Geriatrics and one or two faculty slots. This will assist in development of the translational component of CHA and also establishment of a comprehensive Center where geriatric patients can come for their clinical care and also provide a pool for recruitment into clinical trials.

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Program points medical students toward aging research, clinical care

Summer research program aims to encourage more medical students to consider a career in aging research and clinical care — especially important with the world's rapidly aging population.

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With age, insufficient tryptophan in the diet alters the gut microbiota, increases inflammation

In a normally reciprocal relationship that appears to go awry with age, sufficient tryptophan, which we consume in foods like milk, turkey, chicken and oats, helps keep our microbiota healthy. A healthy microbiota in turn helps ensure that tryptophan mainly results in good things for us like producing the neurotransmitter serotonin, which reduces depression risk, and melatonin, which aids a good night’s sleep.

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Vitamin C’s effectiveness against COVID may hinge on vitamin’s natural transporter levels

High doses of vitamin C under study for treating COVID-19 may benefit some populations, but investigators exploring its potential in aging say key factors in effectiveness include levels of the natural transporter needed to get the vitamin inside cells.

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Tiny RNA that should attack coronavirus diminish with age, disease

A group of tiny RNA that should attack the virus causing COVID-19 when it tries to infect the body are diminished with age and chronic health problems, a decrease that likely helps explain why older individuals and those with preexisting medical conditions are vulnerable populations, investigators report.