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

Friday, April 19, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Carver Biomedical Research Building , 1289
285 Newton Road, Iowa City, IA 52246
Parkin Lecture Aging Mind & Brain Initiative Matt Kaeberlein, PhDDepartment 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.