Aging is the greatest risk factor for cancer incidence and mortality. The University of Colorado has begun developing the infrastructure to better understand the intersection of aging and cancer across our state. This includes studying cancer biology, incidence, therapies, mental and physical health outcomes, and psychosocial aspects of cancer as it relates to the aging process.
Dr. James DeGregori is leading the working group which includes researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, and Colorado State University. The group meets regularly to share research, exchange information, propose cross-disciplinary collaborations, and provide funding opportunities for research teams working on learning more about the relationship aging has with cancer. The goal is to build and enhance infrastructure that will allow long-term collaboration between basic scientists, clinicians, population and prevention-focused researchers and geriatricians across the state, including rural clinical practices.
In 2021, the inaugural year of this formal effort, three projects were awarded $50,000 each for the Cancer Center Aging and Cancer Grants, Check out the links below to stay connected with updates from our working group members. Explore the list of members here.
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Friday, 4/9 12:15 - 1:00 PM
is the greatest risk factor for cancer incidence and mortality. Currently, the rapid expansion of the aged population is directly fueling the increases in a broad spectrum of cancer diagnoses and deaths. Older adult cancer patients may experience
new or worsening functional limitations that impact their cancer-specific outcomes and overall wellbeing. Yet, our preclinical and clinical evidence bases typically include younger “subjects” and are biased toward healthier participants
and those without comorbid conditions - leaving large gaps in our understanding of how cancers affect older Populations.