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Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence

Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence

The Division of Aging Biology (DAB) of the NIA funds Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging across the U.S. There are currently 5 funded Centers, in California (The Buck Institute), Maine (The Jackson Laboratories), Michigan (University of Michigan), Texas (University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio) and Washington (University of Washington).

What do the Nathan Shock Centers do?

The Centers provide leadership in the pursuit of basic research into the biology of aging. They do so through a Research Development Core which administers small start-up funds locally, and organizes national annual meetings to highlight specific areas of research.

In addition, each Nathan Shock Center has several specialized cores that provide services to Shock Center members, as well as for-fee services to the community at large. The cores are different in each Center, depending on the strengths of each Institution. Information about these cores can be found by clicking on the links below.

Where are the Nathan Shock Centers located?

Buck Institute for Age Research
Dale E. Bredesen, M.D., Director
8001 Redwood Blvd.
Novato, CA 94945

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The Jackson Laboratories
David E. Harrison, Ph.D., Director
600 Main St.
Bar Harbor, ME  04605

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University of Michigan
John A. Faulkner, Ph. D., Director
 Biomedical Science Research Bldg
109 Zina Pitcher Place, Room 2031
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200

NSC Website:
Administrative/Enrichment Core
Research Development Core
Aging Transgenic Rodent/Pathology Core
Contractility Core
In Vivo Functionality Core
Transgenic Animal Model Core
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University of Texas Health Science Center
Arlan Richardson, Ph. D., Director
The Barshop Institute
UTHSCSA – Texas Research Park Campus
15355 Lambda Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78245-3207

NSC Web site:
Administrative-Program Enrichment Core:
Research Development Core:
Transgenic Core:
Animal Core:
Pathology Core:
Oxidative Stress Core:
Optical Imaging Core:
NSC e-mail: none
Director’s Email Address:

University of Washington
Peter S. Rabinovitch, MD, PhD, Director
1959 NE Pacific St., K-081 HSB
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7705
NSC web site:

Transgenic Mouse Resource Core:
Cytometry Resource Core:
Functional Genomics Resource Core:

NSC e-mail: none
Director’s email address:

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