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Epi Seminar: The Dog Aging Project: How Genes and Environment Shape Healthy Lifespan
WhenTuesday, Jan 28, 2020, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m.
WhereHealth Sciences Building, Room K-069
Event typesLectures/Seminars

Daniel Promislow, MD, MSCl, FACP
Professor, Department of Pathology, UW School of Medicine, and Department of Biology, University of Washington

The domestic dog is one of the most phenotypically diverse species in the world, including with respect to aging. To understand how genes and environment shape aging and age-related disease in dogs, we launched the Dog Aging Project (, a citizen science longitudinal study in tens of thousands of companion dogs. In this, the largest study of its kind, we are collecting a diversity of information about each dog, including function and frailty, molecular biology, electronic health records, extensive survey information and environmental data. The data from the Dog Aging Project will be made available to researchers around the world, and we will encourage interested researchers to develop collaborative proposals to extend the breadth and depth of research carried out in this unique cohort.

Dr. Promislow is a Professor in the Departments of Biology and Pathology at the University of Washington. Dr. Promislow combines demography with genetics and systems biology to study aging in diverse species, including fruit flies, marmosets, humans, and the domestic dog. As PI of the Dog Aging Project, Promislow leads a nationwide long-term study of tens of thousands of companion dogs, focused on the genetic and environmental determinants of aging and age-related disease.…
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