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.