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Barshop Institute to celebrate milestones in aging research

Posted on Tuesday, April 06, 2010 · Volume: XLIII · Issue: 7


The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies building was dedicated nearly five years ago in the Texas Research Park, providing space and core services for more than 150 Health Science Center scientists to conduct their nationally recognized aging research. Health Science Center researchers have been conducting pioneering work in this field for 30 years.
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The Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies building was dedicated nearly five years ago in the Texas Research Park, providing space and core services for more than 150 Health Science Center scientists to conduct their nationally recognized aging research. Health Science Center researchers have been conducting pioneering work in this field for 30 years. clear graphic

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Contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-3079

SAN ANTONIO (April 6, 2010) — Nearly five years ago, the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies building was dedicated in the Texas Research Park. This state-of-the-art facility provides a physical presence and core services for the institute, which counts as members more than 150 scientists from multiple departments across three campuses of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

In recognition of this milestone and three decades of pioneering work by Health Science Center faculty members, the Barshop Institute will hold an event titled “Celebrate Our Milestones in Aging Research.” Members of the campus community and the public are cordially invited.

A well-known author, Greg Critser, who has written a book about today’s work in gerontology research, will be on hand to help the Barshop Institute celebrate.

Barshop Institute director to present overview of aging research
A research update, book reading and reception will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Parman Auditorium Foyer on the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus of the Health Science Center.

Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., director of the Barshop Institute, senior research career scientist with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and occupant of the Methodist Hospital Foundation Chair in Aging Studies and Research, will deliver the research update. Through the years, Barshop Institute scientists have made important findings on caloric restriction, short- and long-lived mammals, oxidative stress, protein integrity, animal models of aging and many other topics.

“Eternity Soup”
At 4:15 p.m., Critser, critically acclaimed author of “Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging,” will read an excerpt from the book, which was published in January 2010. This new work, which includes a section on the Barshop Institute, has been reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.

A reception will follow with hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Individuals who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Corinne Price, Barshop Institute, at (210) 562-6108.

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