Odyssey: Biological Aspects of Aging

Join Odyssey for this 10-session course as we explore the biology of human aging for the non-medical person and look at the science behind anti-aging interventions. This course introduces students to the science of biogerontology. The course is organized along two primary goals—to explore the biology of human aging for the non-medical person and to look at the science behind anti-aging interventions that may potentially modify the human body's interaction with the aging process.

Beginning with the key concept of chronologic age versus physiologic age, participants examine mechanistic models of the aging process and the changes that take place in anatomy and physiology. Detailed attention is given to ten "biomarkers" of the aging process, such as skeletal muscle mass, basal metabolic rate, body fat percentage, aerobic capacity, insulin sensitivity and bone density. These biomarkers provide a framework for understanding and monitoring what happens to us as we age. The remaining class sessions explore the science behind multiple purported anti-aging interventions, including cardiovascular exercise, strength exercise, caloric restriction (CR), sirtuin gene activating compounds (e.g. resveratrol), antioxidants, hormone supplementation, stem cells, and genetic engineering.

916.200.01 Homewood Campus Thurs., Oct. 6-Dec. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $350 (10 sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. For more information, contact, 410-516-8516.