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Oklahoma Nathan Shock Center announced
Oklahoma is now the location of the sixth Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, reported a Feb. 9, 2016 article in The Oklahoman.
The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation jointly received a five-year $3.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to establish the center, which is located on the university's campus.
The center is headed by Dr. Arlan Richardson, a senior VA career scientist and professor of geriatric medicine and the Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Aging Research at OU.
The article estimated that Alzheimer's disease is the cause of death for approximately 2,000 Oklahomans a year. It also cited another VA researcher, Dr. Germaine L. Odenheimer, who stated that head injuries to boxers and football players have also resulted in Alzheimer's, and extensively quoted caregivers of Alzheimer's patients on the burden the disease places on them.
Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence provide leadership in the pursuit of basic research into the biology of aging. They are funded by the National Institute on Aging of the Department of Health and Human Services. Other Nathan Shock centers are located in Bar Harbor, Maine; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Washington; New York City; and Birmingham, Ala.