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The Paul F. Glenn Laboratories - History and Mission

Recent breakthroughs in aging research over the past few years have shown that it is possible to slow aging and extend the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals. Many leaders in the field believe that significant strides in treating diseases of aging, such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease, could be made in the coming years.

Seeking to accelerate the pace of research into the molecular mechanisms that govern aging, Harvard Medical School and philanthropist Paul F. Glenn, an alumnus of Harvard Law School and founder of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research have launched the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging. The new resources will serve as a magnet to attract additional support for the potential creation of a larger Institute for Aging Research at Harvard Medical School.

To attract talented investigators to this field and the Glenn Laboratories, a significant portion of the resources will be used to recruit two additional faculty members focused on aging research and to build out the labs with advanced research technology and animal models. Additionally, research pilot grants will be awarded by a steering committee to investigators wanting to investigate novel areas of molecular research addressing critical questions in the normal aging process. These pilot grants will produce data that can be used to attract larger government grants. The resources will also be used to foster collaboration by pulling together aging researchers from around the world for an annual Paul F. Glenn Symposium on the Molecular Biology of Aging to be held at Harvard Medical School.

The Glenn Laboratories are located on two floors of the New Research Building at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, which opened in 2003, and is centered within the world-renowned Harvard-Longwood Medical Research area comprising five hospitals and multiple research centers including the Dana Farber Research Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Glenn Foundation for Medical Research

The Glenn Foundation for Medical Research in Santa Barbara, California, was founded in 1965 by Paul F. Glenn with the mission to extend the healthy, productive years of life through research in the biological mechanisms of aging.