UW Today

June 1, 2011

New journal looks at an old problem: aging

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Read the first edition of the journal

Dr. Warren Ladiges, professor of comparative medicine, has become the chief editor of a new journal, Pathobiology of Aging & Age Related Diseases.  The journal is a venue for scientists from a variety of disciplines to communicate findings about the physiological function of aging in mammals, as models for human aging.

The new journal is the 15th in a series produced by Co-Action Publishing.

In his inaugural editorial In his inaugural editorial, “An Old Problem Gets a New Look,”, Ladiges described the journals approach: “Aging is indeed an ‘old problem and is being studied in a variety of ways that use mammalian model systems to identify mechanistic pathways that can be targeted to maintain healthy living. In this regard, we are providing a ‘new venue for disseminating information that specifically focuses on the pathobiological aspects of aging and the chronic diseases directly associated with aging. There will be a commitment to publishing manuscripts that meet the highest standard of science, but the nature of the journal will allow highly detailed and image intensive descriptions of the pathology of aging and diseases associated with aging.”

In his own research, Ladiges is involved in a broad range of projects investigating theories on the biology of aging and age-related diseases. He is working on improving mouse models for diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and Alzheimers. He is a veterinarian and veterinary pathologist, and earned his degrees in both areas from Washington State University in Pullman. Ladiges directs the Comparative Mouse Genome Center at UW Medicine.  He is also a member of the Genetic Instability and Mutagenesis Program run by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the UW.

At the new journal, Ladiges is joined by co-editors Dr. Yuji Ikeno of the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Dr. Denny Liggitt, chair of comparative medicine at the UW, and Jan Vijg, chair of genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Pathobiology of Aging & Age-Related Diseases can be read at www.pathobiologyofaging.net

Co-Action Publishing is an international, open-access scholarly publisher.  Its portfolio of peer-reviewed scholarly journals spans different scientific disciplines. The company is registered in Sweden.