What are the goals and activities of the Center?
NARC translates basic science discoveries into new treatments to extend lifespan and to combat degenerative disorders associated with aging or development. Our researchers are discovering the etiological pathways as well as small-molecule and stem cell-based treatments to address the clinical unmet need of these patients.
The Center uses a team based approach to apply our expertise in stem cells to develop therapies for new treatments for stroke and Parkinson’s disease. We are also performing high-throughput screens to identify new molecules to protect the synapses of nerves—the connections between nerves that mediate movement, memory and cognition—for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and autism.
By studying the links between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, we are exploring new treatments to improve cognition in both disorders.
Our collaborations with clinical partners enable us to test new discoveries in human trials, with a goal to improve the lives of patients and families affected by neurodegenerative disease and aging disorders.