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University of Alabama at Birmingham and Protective Life Corporation focuses on advancing the science of healthy aging, including a $1.5 million investment, announced in May, to create the Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research. The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., one of the most respected minds in healthy aging research, as the inaugural Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research, enabling him to build on his pioneering legacy to establish Birmingham as a global epicenter for healthy aging research.A partnership between the
“Dr. Austad is an international trailblazer in the science of aging, and we are thrilled to see him named as the inaugural Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research at UAB,” said Rich Bielen, president and CEO of Protective. “At Protective, we are proud to be able to play a role in advancing healthy aging research, which will ultimately help people live longer, healthier lives and have a significant impact on our industry.”
Austad will lead a collaborative team of healthy aging researchers in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Health Professions and others on interdisciplinary research to better understand the aging process as it relates to morbidity and mortality, prepare our society for future demographic shifts, and invest in people’s well-being.
UAB research on healthy aging continues to show promise:
• $4.5 million grant awarded to UAB to continue aging research
• $3.7 million grant awarded to UAB to study antiviral therapies and accelerated aging
• Symposium focuses on integrating aging research into clinical practice
• UAB aging and longevity researchers win international prize
“Dr. Austad has shown outstanding leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences as he continues to advance his groundbreaking research in healthy aging,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “We are grateful to Protective Life for this new endowed chair that will provide a platform for building an interdisciplinary team focusing on the mechanics of the aging process.”
Austad currently serves as the chair of the UAB Department of Biology, senior scientific director of the American Federation for Aging Research and co-director of the UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.
In addition to the Protective Life Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging Research, Protective’s total $2 million investment toward advancing the science of healthy aging also funds the Protective Life Healthy Aging and Research Acceleration and Innovation Fund. This fund will drive further research efforts, while also expanding awareness about the findings and applications to advance the field and improve quality of life in aging individuals.
Tokyo-based Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc., parent company of Protective, is dedicated to helping solve various social issues, including healthy aging, and shares the vision to advance research that will help people live longer, healthier lives.