Adults ages 65 and older make up the fastest growing age group in the United States, as well as in countries across the globe.
Now more than ever, society needs aging-related knowledge, research and training. The University of Minnesota is meeting the demand with several innovative centers:
- In the School of Nursing, the Center for Aging Science & Care Innovation is a leader in gerontological nursing research, education, and practice.
- The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research investigates in a number of research areas, including human lifespan and aging issues.
- The Center on Aging facilitates the University's response to the many issues of the aging population by fostering basic and applied research.
Neuroimaging method to research the aging brain
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.
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