Genomics, Genetics and Gerontology (G3): A Multidisciplinary Team for the Study of Healthy Aging
The G3 team studies genetic factors that underlie healthy aging and resistance to common age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.
|Project Leaders||Angela Brooks-Wilson|
|Project Co-Investigators||Joseph Connors , Denise Daley, Ken Madden|
Genome Science Centre
BC Cancer Research Centre
BC Cancer Agency
Simon Fraser University
University of British Columbia
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
|Project Resources and Information|
The number of elderly Canadians is increasing as the baby boomers age. The healthcare problems of this growing group will increasingly influence the volume of health care that will be required in the country as a whole. Insight into how to promote healthy aging, and advice that can be provided to our population as it ages will influence both our well-being and Canada's level of prosperity, as well as the quality of life of a large segment of our population.
A small number of Canadians are fortunate to be disease-free and have a good quality of life beyond the age of 85. These people represent a group who may either lack susceptibility factors that contribute to disease in the majority of people or may possess resistance factors that enhance their ability to resist disease and prolong lifespan. Part but not all of the extended life of these individuals is expected to be due to avoidance of lifestyle and environmental risk factors. Genetic variants found to be associated with healthy aging, or associated with protection against specific common age-related diseases will be useful as indicators for the tailoring of individual disease prevention programs.The Genomics, Genetics and Gerontology (G3) Multidisciplinary Team for the Study of Healthy Aging is studying genetic factors that underlie healthy aging and resistance to common age-related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary disease.
For all project related inquires please contact us.
Stephanie McInnis, Project Coordinator
Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Phone: 604-675-8000 x 7965