What We Can Learn From Aging Dogs:
The Dog Aging Project
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Thank You to Our Featured Expert: Dr. Daniel Promislow | Co-Director and Primary Investigator of the Dog Aging Project, Professor at the University of Washington
Thank You to Our Forum Host: Susanne Stadler | Architect & Executive Director of AHWGO
In this conversation with Dr. Daniel Promislow, the co-founder and primary investigator of the Dog Aging Project, we discuss his ongoing research project – current findings, how to get involved and what the team hopes to learn. The Dog Aging Project, an unprecedented and innovative research platform has grown to partner with tens of thousands of dogs and their humans across the United States to work with a team of scientists and veterinarians to understand how biology, lifestyle and environment affect health and longevity in dogs. By studying the aging process in dogs, we can discover better ways to predict, diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses related to the aging process in both dogs and humans.
This conversation is part of our inquiry into the health benefits of human-animal relationships, which we will explore further at ‘Creature Comforts’ the 4th annual agein on June 17.
More About Dr. Daniel Promislow:
Dr. Promislow began working on the biology of aging while doing his graduate work as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford over thirty years ago. Following post-doctoral work, in 1995 he joined the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia, and in 2013 moved to the University of Washington, where he is a Professor in the Department of Lab Medicine & Pathology and the Department of Biology. Dr. Promislow is particularly interested in the question of why rates of aging differ among species, and among individuals within species. In his explorations of this topic, he has published over 160 papers, including studies in fruit flies, yeast, mice, humans, marmosets, and dogs. Dr. Promislow has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Aging Association, and has received numerous other awards for his work, including the Ellison Senior Scholar Award, the Glenn Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award, and the Bennett J. Cohen Award in aging research. In 2008, he began a long-term collaboration on aging in companion dogs with a veterinary colleague at UGA, Dr. Kate Creevy, DVM (now Professor at Texas A&M). This collaboration eventually led to the creation of the Dog Aging Project. Dr. Promislow serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Dog Aging Project, helping to lead a large, interdisciplinary team of researchers and veterinarians at institutions around the United States. The Dog Aging Project is designed to discover the biological and environmental factors that influence healthy aging in dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes, and includes over 44,000 participants located throughout the US.
The original, live conversation was recorded on: Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:30 PM PST.