Unlocking the Secrets of Aging Aging is a part of life. If we are lucky, we get to grow old. Considering the universality of aging and its related issues, research into aging lags far behind other types of medical research. This is unfortunate. Solving or easing some of the conditions associated with aging could have a tremendous impact on millions of patients, their caretakers, and their families. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health has made a commitment to being a leader in the study of aging and tacking its associated issues. The goal is not only medical breakthroughs but a deeper understanding of aging that leads to a more graceful aging process for all of us. Researchers at the UW Medical School are doing groundbreaking research into aging, focusing on everything from genetics and cellular metabolism to medications and treatment plans. The UW has long had a particular focus on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Other areas of study include type 2 diabetes and the effects of lifestyle choices on aging. But the research goes beyond disease. By studying chronic illness as well as the normal aging process, UW Medical School researchers are unlocking some of the very secrets of aging. It’s an endeavor they’re deeply committed to—and it’s well underway.