The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies is a basic and clinical research institute located on the Texas Research Park Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). It is a leading institute in the United States in geriatrics research. The Barshop Institute ranks #1 in funding among Texas institutions, and is in the national medical center top five in the field. The Institute was founded by Dr. Arlan Richardson.
Over 150 faculty members from UTHSCSA and the University of Texas at San Antonio are affiliated with the institute and eight faculty have their primary laboratories in the Barshop Building itself. The focus of the institute is to understand the basic biological mechanisms of aging. The scientific director of the institute is Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D.
In 2009, one of the research projects of the institute, was announced by Science magazine as one of the top scientific discoveries of the year.
The comparative biology of aging, that this understanding why certain species live so much longer than others, is a major focus of the Barshop Institute. The Comparative Biology of Aging Center, headed by Steven N. Austad, PhD.
Direct testing of any aging theory requires not only correlative evidence, but direct interventions. The Intervention Testing Program, headed by Randy Strong, PhD and Co-directed James Nelson, PhD, seeks to do just that.
The Interventions Testing Program (ITP) is funded by the Biology of Aging Program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to evaluate compounds for their effects on lifespan and age-related biomarkers. The Interventions Testing Program is part of three testing centers: the UT Health Science Center, the Jackson Laboratory, and the University of Michigan. The goal of the program is to test four or five new compounds each year. These compounds are proposed by the research community through an annual call-for-proposals.
- An Aging Interventions Testing Program: study design and interim report. Aging Cell. 2007 Aug;6(4):565-75.