The Aging Research Center (ARC) Jena was founded in 2013 as interfaculty profile center of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena in close cooperation with the Leibniz Institute on Aging. It is part of FSU’s research profile “Life”. The center serves to pool the whole spectrum of aging related sciences in Jena to foster interdisciplinary projects.
For more information see www.zaj.uni-jena.de.
Research Project "RegenerAging"
The research project "RegenerAging" was developed by the members of the Aging Research Center Jena (ARC). It is a close cooperation between the Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute e.V. (FLI), the University Hospital Jena (UKJ) and Faculties of Medicine, Biology/Pharmacy and Mathematic/Computer Sciences of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as well as the microscope developers of ZEISS Jena. The project is funded within the "ProExzellenz Initiative 2" of the State of Thuringia from 2015-19 with 3.9 million euros.
The functional analysis of the underlying molecular mechanisms of aging-associated impairments is the main focus within the “RegenerAging” project. This comprises imbalances in signaling pathways that control the functionality of stem cells and differentiated cells in regenerative processes and, hence, impair regeneration and organ homeostasis in age.
The research focuses on the following areas:
Epigenetics of Aging
Stem Cell Aging
Immunology of Aging
Florian H. Heidel