Odyssey: Biological Aspects of Aging

This course introduces students to the science of biogerontology. it is organized along two primary goals—to explore the biology of human aging for the nonmedical 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 10 "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, sirtuin gene activating compounds, antioxidants, hormone supplementation, stem cells, and genetic engineering.

916.200.01 via Zoom
Thursdays, Sept. 24 to Dec. 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (no class Nov. 26)
$350 (10 sessions)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission; spouses for 50 percent remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact bhebron@jhu.edu for more details.