Tackling aging through multiple avenues of inquiry
Each of our complementary focus areas represents a method of interrogation into the immense complexities of the aging process.
The average lifespan of someone born in 1900 was 47 years. Since then, improvements and discoveries in science and medicine have added approximately two years per decade to that average. Remarkably, a child born today can expect to live more than 100 years.
Aging is a progressive process that, until recently, was thought to be accompanied by inevitable degeneration. Research at the Buck Institute is focused on gaining insight into the critical molecular and biological drivers of aging, leading to new therapies which will improve the healthspan of the global population. Each lab at the Buck has a unique focus in aging or age-related disease. Together, the Buck labs combine their collective wisdom to forge a new path toward a future with reduced disease and improved health as we grow older.
"The Buck tries to tackle all of aging, and it’s an extremely complex problem. What’s really refreshing is that there are no departments, there are no boundaries, and the chance of learning new things about the human body and how and what happens during aging is enormous. You won’t see that anywhere else."