A biologist and his dogs: The quest to slow aging in man’s best friend

Apr 19, 2019

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Carver Biomedical Research Building, 1289

285 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52246

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Parkin Lecture
Aging Mind & Brain Initiative

Matt Kaeberlein, PhD
Department of Pathology, University of Washington

We all learn at a young age that “one dog year equals seven human years”.  While this may be a bit of “fuzzy math”, it is true that dogs age about seven times faster than people do.  Why is that?  And why is it that, just like in people, not all dogs age at the same rate?  Big dogs age faster than small dogs.  Some breeds are prone to cancer while others are prone to heart disease or dementia.  At the Dog Aging Project, we are performing research to understand what the most important factors are that influence biological aging in dogs.  Through this research, we hope to increase both lifespan and healthspan in our pets, and ultimately in people too.  

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