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Grantee in the News: Jerome Mertens’ research in Cell Reports and PsychCentral on mitochondrial dysfunction and age-related diseases

Jun 1
2018

Grantee in the News: Jerome Mertens’ research in Cell Reports and PsychCentral on mitochondrial dysfunction and age-related diseases View MoreBACK

On May, 29, 2018, Cell Reports published research co-authored by 2015 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging recipient Jerome Mertens, Ph.D.

Mitochondrial Aging Defects Emerge in Directly Reprogrammed Human Neurons due to Their Metabolic Profile” concludes “that iNs are a valuable tool for studying mitochondrial aging and support a bioenergetic explanation for the high susceptibility of the brain to aging.”

The research was also picked up by PsychCentral, where Dr. Mertens notes the difference in the mitochondria of older donors: “Pretty much every area we looked at — functional, genetic, and morphological — had defects.”

This article highlights that this study could lead to “a better understanding of the known link between mitochondrial dysfunction and age-related brain diseases.”

Read the published research here and the related article in PsychCentral here.


Jerome Mertens, Ph.D. is a Staff Scientist at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.





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