Adults ages 65 and older make up the fastest growing age group in the United States, as well as in countries across the globe.

Geriatric clinical residencyNow more than ever, society needs aging-related knowledge, research and training. The University of Minnesota is meeting the demand with several innovative centers:

Research spotlight

Neuroimaging method to research the aging brain

Wei Chen, Ph.D.

Testing for age-related metabolic decline and loss of cognitive function could soon be seeing improvements.

By developing new ultrahigh field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) technologies, researchers at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research recently investigated whether new developments could aid in better understanding aging and metabolic disorders.

“This research provides a new neuroimaging modality which is sensitive and specific to the brain energy and NAD metabolisms,” says Wei Chen, Ph.D. (pictured), radiology professor and co-author of the study.