Collins Receives Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging

John Collins, PhD, a post-doctoral fellow working in Richard Loeser’s lab within the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, was selected to receive the $120,000, two-year grant following a rigorous scientific competition held by the American Federation for Aging Research.

John Collins’ research aims to determine how age-related oxidative stress modifies the activity of a protein called sirtuin 6, which has been shown to increase the lifespan of model organisms.

Establishing the importance of sirtuin 6 activity in joint tissues and defining how the cell signaling capabilities of sirtuin 6 are altered as we age will provide us with a better understanding of how aging contributes to the development of OA.  This could lead to new targeted therapies that slow or stop OA progression.

You can learn more about the innovative Basic and Translational work being done at the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research via this link.

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