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Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D. in his lab
Portrait of Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D.

July 6, 2011

SIU Med School Receives NIH Grant to Study Aging

A research scientist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a two-year federal grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the impact of early developmental influences on aging and lifespan.  The total budget for the grant is $328,103.

Using mutant mice with a long life span, the study will evaluate the effects of introducing growth hormone in the first few weeks of life.  The goal is to identify the mechanisms involved in determining whether a period of hormonal therapy can influence characteristics associated with longevity and whether these characteristics will continue after the treatment is stopped.  The results of the research may help increase understanding of the developmental influences on aging as well as how nutrition affects growth, health and life expectancy.

Andrzej Bartke, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine and physiology and SIUC distinguished scholar, is the principal investigator for the project.

This is the 16th grant Bartke has received at SIU for his research on longevity.  His total research funding totals $19.7 million.  His previous external research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Ellison Medical Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research.

Bartke joined the SIU faculty in 1984 and served as chair of the physiology department (1984-2002).  He earned his doctorate in zoology genetics from the University of Kansas (1965).

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