|Holly Brown-Borg named Fellow of Gerontological Society of America|
Holly Brown-Borg, a faculty member at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been awarded the status of fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.
The GSA Fellows represent the highest class of membership and are recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology, the branch of science that deals with aging and the special problems of aged persons.
Brown-Borg, associate professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, studies the aging process at the cellular level using mutant animals, called Ames dwarf mice, that live two times longer than normal mice. Her research is aimed at determining whether the presence or absence of growth hormone and related factors affect the aging process.
More specifically, her laboratory "is interested in the relationship between the ability to resist stress and longevity," she said.
Brown-Borg, who has been conducting studies on aging since 1995, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Federation of Aging Research over the last 10 years.
"This is a very nice recognition for someone who has dedicated their research efforts to the area of understanding the aging process and its relevance to health, wellness and disease," said Jonathan Geiger, professor and chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.
The GSA, founded in 1945, is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. Its membership includes 5,000 researchers, educators, practitioners and other professionals in the field of aging.
The GSA's principle missions are to promote research and education in aging and to encourage the dissemination of research results to other scientists, decision-makers and practitioners.