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Excellent in Aging Research

In a society where people are living longer and longer the Cologne Cluster of Excellence CECAD at the University of Cologne explores the causes of aging processes and aging-associated disorders. 

More than 400 international scientists from the University of Cologne, the University Hospital Cologne, the Max Planck Institutes for Metabolism Research and Biology of Ageing and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are forming a highly dynamic research network. Their vision is to unravel the molecular mechanisms of aging and define new therapeutic approaches for the entire spectrum of aging-associated diseases.

Aging research is still a very young discipline that has been exploring the molecular-biological causes of aging for around 25 years now. As an object of research, the human body is a highly complex network with a multiplicity of interactions, aging-associated changes in biological molecules, and around 25,000 human genes in a considerably larger network of proteins. One of the most important goals is to understand the interplay in and among these networks and not just look at the aging of individual cells.