The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $5 million over five years to support research on the basic biology of aging-related diseases and impairments, led by Dr. Irina Conboy at the University of California, Berkeley. A better understanding of basic biological mechanisms in this area might eventually help provide a path to treatments for conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, or neurodegenerative diseases, which could reduce mortality and impairment for very large numbers of people. Dr. Conboy’s planned research is the most promising Open Philanthropy's science advisors have encountered so far in this field. This funding will support Dr. Conboy’s research group and will promote multi-disciplinary collaborations in the arena of aging research.
This grant falls within Open Philanthropy's work on scientific research, and is a product of Open Philanthropy's investigation into research on the mechanisms of aging.