Aging and Longevity

Our main motivation for research: Helping patients enjoy longer, healthier lives with loved ones.

Diseases like cancer and diabetes that were routinely life-threatening are frequently managed like chronic conditions. We’re living longer than ever before, but often with chronic ailments. Our vibrant research programs are dedicated to curing disease and extending our health. We’re also investigating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, which tend to affect us as we get older.

Milestones and Possibilities

  • Investigators at the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute are regressing human cells back to a stem cell state and then using them to create models of human organs, enabling researchers for the first time to watch how diseases manifest and grow at the cellular level, radically changing the way we understand and treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Researchers at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute are developing markers that can differentiate between types of prostate cancer. This will enable more personalized and effective treatments, and, ultimately, better outcomes for cancer patients.
  • Researchers here developed a blood test that will predict if a patient’s lung cancer will respond to chemotherapy, allowing physicians to create the most effective treatment plan, sparing patients months of unnecessary treatment.
  • The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute is exploring the molecular basis behind a variety of cardiovascular disorders, leading to novel therapeutic strategies as well as new insights into factors that distinguish heart disease in women.