University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Funding awarded for research on branched-chain amino acids and longevity

Dr. Dudley Lamming
Dr. Matthew Merrins

The National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging has awarded funding for a project that examines the role of the three branched-chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine on health and longevity. The goal of the investigation is to identify new physiological and molecular mechanisms that can be targeted to promote healthy aging.

Dudley Lamming, PhD (pictured at upper right), assistant professor and Matthew Merrins, PhD (pictured at lower right), assistant professor, both of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Timothy Hacker, PhD, director, Cardiovascular Physiology Core Facility, were awarded $0.5M over one year (R56 award) from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging for a proposal entitled, "The regulation of health and longevity by branched-chain amino acids."

Additional collaborators include Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, associate professor, Geriatrics and Gerontology and Michelle Kimple, PhD, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.