Our increasingly aging population requires new medical approaches across the entire healthcare system. The aim of our research focus is to decipher general age-associated mechanisms that contribute to neuronal maintenance, cell repair and brain plasticity. By elucidating the causes of pain and inflammation, we aim to find new treatment approaches for chronic diseases.
The profile center of the medical faculty brings together research activities in the field of age-associated diseases and serves clinical care in the sense of an integrated therapy and research center.
The aim of this profile center of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field of aging research with links to the life sciences (medicine, pharmacy, biology) and the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, mathematics and computer science.
In the clinical research college, young specialists are looking for ways to counteract age-related disturbances in cell and tissue function in the four different organ systems brain, blood, muscle and liver.
The research objective of the projects in the PhD program is the investigation of targets for interventional strategies that counteract age-related disorders of cellular and systemic function in various organ systems (e.g. brain, blood, vessels, muscle and liver)
The DFG research group is investigating how perception and attention change with age and how these changes differ in healthy aging and in the onset of dementia. The aim is to identify patients with an increased risk of dementia at an early stage so that their development can be counteracted as effectively as possible.
The aim of the program "Organ Dysfunctions in Old Age: Prospects for Young Clinician Scientists" is to prepare young physicians for a challenging clinical-scientific career and to enable them to pursue a research career in translational geriatric medicine. The OrganAge program aims to investigate aging mechanisms and establish new therapeutic interventions. In interdisciplinary collaboration, new basic scientific as well as translational insights are to be gained and transferred into clinical reality.
In the interdisciplinary and translational research group SYNABS, neurologists, physiologists, neuroimmunologists and microscopy experts are investigating the disease mechanisms of autoimmune-related brain inflammation. Their aim is to develop target-specific therapeutic approaches for these diseases, which are often accompanied by psychological symptoms.
In the junior research group, the geriatrician and neurologist PD Dr. Tino Prell at Jena University Hospital is investigating the extent to which older neurological patients in the clinic and after discharge adhere to the agreed therapy recommendations and how the adherence to therapy can be improved.