Remote Italian Village Could Harbor Secrets of Healthy Aging

Researchers will examine 300 Italian residents, all over 100 years old —

The average life expectancy in the United States is approximately 78 years old. Americans live longer, with better diets and improved health care, than ever before, but only 0.02 percent will hit the century mark.

To understand how people can live longer throughout the world, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have teamed up with colleagues at University of Rome La Sapienza to study a group of 300 citizens, all over 100 years old, living in a remote Italian village nestled between the ocean and mountains on the country’s coast.

“We are the first group of researchers to be given permission to study this population in Acciaroli, Italy,” said Alan Maisel, MD … Read the Full Story from the UC San Diego Newsroom

Drs. Mohit Jain and David T. Pride Awarded Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Funding

Two Department of Medicine physician-scientists have received 2015 Clinical Scientist Development Awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Both will receive $486,000 over three years to help them transition to independent research careers.

  • Mohit Jain, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology) and the Department of Pharmacology.
  • David T. Pride, MD, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and the Department of Pathology.