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Awardee in News: Dongsheng Cai's research on hypothalamus stem cells in R&D magazine

Oct 3
2017

Awardee in News: Dongsheng Cai's research on hypothalamus stem cells in R&D magazine View MoreBACK

On September 29, 2017, R&D magazine reported on research by 2017 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star in Aging Research Award recipient Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD linking the stem cells in the hypothalamus and aging.

The article, Stem Cells Could be Key to Extending Lifespan, explains Dr. Cai’s discovery that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body, which could result in new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan. As Dr. Cai notes:

“Our research shows that the number of hypothalamic neural stem cells naturally declines over the life of the animal and this decline accelerates aging… But we also found that the effects of this loss are not irreversible.By replenishing these stem cells or the molecules they produce, it’s possible to slow and even reverse various aspects of aging throughout the body.”

Read the full article here.

Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Institute of Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.


Learn more about stem cells in AFAR’s expert-edited InfoAging Guide to Stem Cells here.
 





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