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Buck Institute, USC Target Fall 2014 Launch of Biology of Aging Ph.D. Program

The Buck Institute for Research on Aging and USC will create the nation's first Ph.D. program in the biology of aging.

Courses will begin in fall 2014, led by faculty from the Buck Institute in Novato and the University of Southern California's Davis School of Gerontology. Students will have the option of spending time at the USC campus in Los Angeles or at Buck's Marin County site as they use biomedical research to study the connection between aging and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and more.

The move comes as the spotlight shines on the field of age research, notably with Google Inc.'s backing of Calico, an age research company led by former Genentech Inc. CEO Art Levinson.

"Establishing this Ph.D. program marks a milestone in the development of the Buck, both in terms of our mission and our commitment to lead the field of aging research," Buck President and CEO Brian Kennedy said in a press release.

The Buck Institute was the first U.S. research institute focused on aging and chronic diseases. USC's Davis School, started in 1975, is the oldest and largest school of gerontology in the world.

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