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9 Mar 2013

JCVI Granted Funding to Study Healthy Ageing

The J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) has been granted funding to support its study into healthy ageing.

It is hoped that the JCVI's research into biomarkers that indicate healthy ageing will help to develop tests that are cost effective and clinically relevant. These can then be used to find ways to improve treatments and wellbeing within the elderly.

The Ruggles Family Foundation and Mr and Mrs Rudy L. Ruggles Jr. have donated $1.25 million (£805,673) to the study.

Scientists and clinicians from JCVI and Western Connecticut Health Network will be focusing on two groups of healthy and unhealthy patients aged between 65 and 85 years. They will compare the microbiome and molecular profiles, put together using the results of the study, of each group.

The need for good and cost-effective support among the elderly is becoming more relevant as the world's population is ageing. As a result, the demand for treatment for age-related health complications is rising and putting economic pressure on health departments around the world.

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