The University of Arizona - a Global Leader in Aging Research, Education and Care

Message from the Directors

ACOA exists in order to improve quality of living and extend the lifespan of older adults. We want to eradicate the diseases and conditions that occur in advanced age, and to unleash the unparalleled wisdom, energy and experience of older adults for the benefit of all the world.

Mindy Fain, MD,
Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD
Co-Directors, Arizona Center on Aging

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Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich

UArizona Health Sciences seeks new way to understand human aging

Dec. 9, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. - The human body gets stressed every single day. Whether we contract a minor infection or even argue with a loved one, these small stressors impact our immune system. Over time, these repeated stressors can impact how we age, says Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, PhD, an internationally noted immunologist and co-director of the University of Arizona Center on Aging at the College of Medicine - Tucson.

Now, thanks to a $4.5 million grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the physician-scientist will study how common infectious, psychological and physical stressors affect our immunity, lifespan and the aging process. The new grant is called a MERIT Award (Method to Extend Research in Time) will double funding from five years of funding to 10.

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Advances in Aging Lecture Series

Date: 2nd Monday of each month         Time: 12:00 noon - 1:00 PM 

Location: 1515 N. Campbell Avenue - Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center  
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A light lunch is served. For questions, please email