For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Mystery of Human Aging
Surprising Insights from a Science That's Still Young
  • Bjoern Schumacher
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The Mystery of Human Aging. Surprising Insights from a Science That's Still Young
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Dr. Björn Schumacher is one of the world's foremost researchers investigating the molecular mechanisms of aging. He shows why aging is an inevitable feature of life and how longevity genes keep the body alive while DNA damage deteriorates its function. He illuminates causes of age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and gives an outlook on how future medical treatment — based on fundamental gerontology research — could draw an end to those new scourges of humanity. The book closes with a look at the future of the aging society in the US and worldwide.

About the Author

Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher is President of the German Society for Aging Research and Chair for Genome Stability in Ageing and Disease at the CECAD Research Center at the Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne.

This international center explores the causes of aging processes and aging-associated disorders. CECAD scientists collaborate with other leading research centers worldwide to conduct the basic scientific research needed in order to develop new treatments for aging-associated diseases including dementia, diabetes, chronic inflammation, cancer, infection, chronic kidney disease, and arteriosclerosis.

As a team leader and educator, Dr. Schumacher has a talent for explaining complex processes in clear terms.

The foreword is written by Prof. Dr. Jan Vijg, Professor and Chair of Molecular Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City. He published the book The American Technological Challenge: Stagnation and Decline in the 21st Century with Algora in 2011.

About the Book
How can we turn back the clock? Health food, gyms and cosmetic companies promise us everlasting youth, but the effects of aging are caused by complex biological processes that have only been brought to light through gerontology research over the...
How can we turn back the clock? Health food, gyms and cosmetic companies promise us everlasting youth, but the effects of aging are caused by complex biological processes that have only been brought to light through gerontology research over the past two decades.

This engaging book explains the genes and the cumulative damage that drive human aging and disease, gives insights into current and future therapies for healthy aging, and provides an outlook on the future of the aging society.

New insights into biology are transforming our understanding of the causes of aging and the diseases that affect us when we grow old. Prof. Dr. Björn Schumacher breaks down the science for everyday readers and shows what exciting breakthroughs scientists are working on and what they’ve learned so far. He discusses what we can do to take care of ourselves, and he looks at why we are so keen to deny that we are aging, when indeed aging is a part of life — for everything from bacteria to humans.



Pages 220
Year: 2017
BISAC: MED032000 MEDICAL / Geriatrics
BISAC: MED107000 MEDICAL / Genetics
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