February 28, 2003

Advances in Aging Research Featured
At UCSD's Stein Institute Open House

Research on health issues associated with aging will be presented in lectures and poster displays at the Annual Research Review of UCSD's Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA), a free public program from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 in the Garren Auditorium, Basic Science Building on Gilman Drive, on UCSD's La Jolla campus.

The Annual Research Review will showcase the results of research on age-related disorders ranging from male sexual dysfunction to cancer to osteoporosis, conducted by UCSD faculty members and students who have received grants from SIRA, a center committed to "fostering healthy aging by supporting advances in patient care through innovative research, training, and education."

In addition to the poster displays, two lectures will be presented:

Following the lectures and questions from the audience, the program will move to the auditorium hallway area so that attendees may view the various research posters and enjoy refreshments.

Information on the program is available to those calling SIRA at (858) 534-6299.

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Sam and Rose Stein Institute on Aging

SIRA scientists share resources and knowledge in the laboratory and clinical research settings to investigate various diseases associated with aging such as Alzheimer's disease, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, stress of caregiving, glaucoma, macular degeneration, arteriosclerosis, late onset schizophrenia and diabetes.

In addition to purchasing core unit equipment that can be shared among the 76 SIRA faculty researchers, SIRA also sponsors research grants including the Student Investigator Program for undergraduate and medial students, Faculty Start-Up Grants for junior faculty and a new Collaborative Grant Program to facilitate interdisciplinary projects. These grants facilitate students choosing a career in research and also help launch new research projects that allow scientists to make sufficient progress to successfully compete for national funding, and to assist in career development.

SIRA also supports a two-week exchange training program for geriatricians in cooperation with Mexico. While one group of Mexican doctors spends time at UCSD, a second group of UCSD physicians spends time at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion. The program seeks to foster international exchange on healthcare, education and research issues in geriatric medicine.

The educational component of SIRA is designed to communicate the latest advances in aging research to the public and to provide resources to help people make informed medical decisions. Included are a free monthly newsletter, Healthwise, monthly public lectures, and a new course on healthy aging entitled Aging in the New millennium that is presented to seniors in the community through UCSD TV.

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Sue Pondrom
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