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Programme:Institute for Biomedical Ageing Research (IBA)
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Institute for Biomedical Ageing Research (IBA)Research Programme


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Summary of key aims

Worldwide, the segment of the population aged 60 or over is increasing rapidly. In 2001, in Austria, more than one-fifth of our population has been over 60 years of age. In 2030 this segment will amount to one third. These senior citizens will place an enormous personal and socioeconomic burden on their families and on our society - unless we act quickly to develop better prevention and treatment programs for many of the physical and mental ailments associated with old age. The goal of biomedical research on aging is to help people grow old with dignity and in good health. The IBA has the following specific research goals:
- To fight age-related diseases such as infections, urogenital tract diseases, tumors, Alzheimer's dementia, and atherosclerosis. A better knowledge of the aging-process of each organ system is a prerequisite for the prevention and healing of these conditions. The results will also be applicable for the development of new diagnostic tools and therapeutics.
- To help to prevent age-related functional losses. Such losses are, for instance, alterations of the skin (wrinkles), lower muscle tonus, decreasing function of the sensory organs (eyes, ears), of the vascular and the immune system. This is where gerontology has to analyze aging processes at a cellular level and to elaborate the mechanisms which are responsible for these age-related dysfunctions. Measures decelerating age-related functional impairments will improve the quality of life in old age.

Management contact

Prof. Beatrix Grubeck-Loebenstein
+43 512 58391955
Institute of Biomedical Ageing Research
Rennweg 10
A-6020 Innsbruck

Admin contact

Institute for Biomedical Aging Research
+43 512 583919 0
Rennweg 10, A-6020 Innsbruck

Scientific contact

Prof. Beatrix Grubeck-Loebenstein
+43 512 58391955
Institute of Biomedical Ageing Research
Rennweg 10
A-6020 Innsbruck

Funding contact

Prof. Herwig Friesinger
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2
1010 Vienna

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

review (= evaluation) committee consists of scientists, representatives of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as well as the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture and of representatives of the federal government of Tyrol.

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

  • ▪ Foreign collaborators working in their own countries
  • ▪ Travel for foreign collaborators
  • ▪ National researchers abroad
  • ▪ Travel for national researchers

Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

  • For the funding agency ✔