Geroscience at OU Medicine Fast Facts

National Funding:

  • In early 2019, the OU College of Medicine received a $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to grow its Geroscience research program and mentor junior faculty members as they begin their research careers.

  • The OU Health Sciences Center is home to Oklahoma’s first Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, a distinction that came with a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

A Collaborative, All-Hands-on-Deck Approach

Geroscience research is highly collaborative – OU researchers engage with scientists from other disciplines and organizations in Oklahoma, including the VA Medical Center, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the School of Biomedical Engineering on OU’s Norman campus.

Cutting Edge

A state-of-the-art Translational Geroscience Laboratory has been established at the OU Health Sciences Center to serve as a bridge between research and patient care. The facility allows physicians and scientists to use technology such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy to view blood vessels in the brain, ultrasound to evaluate vascular health, and a high-tech walking mat to measure a person’s gait, which often changes because of an underlying microvascular disease.