Center for Aging and Associated Diseases (CAAD)


Why does a mouse live for two years while an elephant lives for sixty, even though both animals consume the same amount of oxygen during their lifetime? Why do some whales live for 200-300 years while salmon die immediately after they reproduce at two to eight years of age? How do metabolic rates determine the lifespan of all organisms and why are birds a clear exception? Why do some humans age slowly and maintain their cognitive function, while others go through accelerated physical and mental decline while ageing? Is it possible to slow down the pace of ageing?

These are some of the fundamental questions we are attempting to answer at the Center for Aging and Associated Diseases (CAAD). The center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and capitalizes on internationally recognized investigators and brilliant students to explore the mechanisms of aging and degenerative diseases.