On Monday, November 24, 2014, the Institute on Aging (IOA) hosted their annual Joseph A. Pignolo, Sr. Award in Aging Research at the Smilow Center for Translational Research. This year’s awardee was Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY.
Upon accepting his award, Dr. Cai joined the IOA at the University of Pennsylvania to present a lecture on “hypothalamic micro-inflammation: a common cause of aging and metabolic syndrome” and to provide additional insight during a Q&A immediately following.
Prior to the event, Dr. Cai sat down with the IOA’s Digital Media Specialist to discuss his work which focuses on research in aging and aging-related diseases. He explains that his interest in this field stems from the idea that aging is a major factor in the background and development of many diseases-including but not limited to neurodegenerative diseases, cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases-and his desire to understand and find solutions for these diseases. He also shared details on his lab’s work around the hypothalamus, a region of the brain that coordinates the autonomic nervous system and the activity of the pituitary, and recognizing the role that it plays in aging development.
View the full interview here:
The Joseph A. Pignolo, Sr. Award in Aging Research is given out as a part of the Institute on Aging’s Visiting Scholars Series to annually recognize an outstanding contribution to the field of biogerontology. Created by Robert J. Pignolo, MD, PhD, in honor of his father, the first prize was awarded in 2010. Award recipients are invited to give a lecture highlighting their work in basic aging research and receive a prize to recognize their exceptional contributions.