The Bar Harbor-based MDI Biological Laboratory has received a $20,000 grant to support a new course on aging that will examine the abilities by humans to repair and regenerate tissue as they get older.
The grant, which came from the Glenn Foundation For Medical Research, will be used to offset the cost of tuition for the lab’s two-week research training course, “Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research” which the Bar Harbor lab will hold from June 19 to July 3.
Using comparative approaches and models, the course will focus on molecular approaches to aging biology research. Roundworms, fruit flies, mice and African turquoise killifish will be used in the program rather than studying the aging process in isolated cells or in a single animal species.
“We believe the study of molecular pathways in diverse animals that share many of their genes with humans offers valuable insight into the degenerative diseases of aging such as heart disease and Alzheimer’s,” Kevin Strange, president of the MDI Biological Laboratory, said in a prepared statement about the program. “We are grateful for the support of the Glenn Foundation, which shares our mission of translating aging biology research into treatments.”
This will be the first time the lab will being holding the course, which it will repeating on a biennial basis. In addition to funding from the Glenn Foundation, the course is also supported by INBRE and COBRE grants awarded to the lab by the National Institutes of Health.
The grant is also the first awarded to the lab from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, which has supported research through other educational and research institutions like the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, MIT, the Mayo Clinic and the Stanford Medical School.