Inspirational Researchers: Dr Richard Miller

The historical assumption has been that, human aging is a natural process, and one that is not amenable to medical interventions, however, in recent decades the weight of evidence has shifted to the contrary. 

Scientific researchers in the field of aging, have found that it is indeed possible to slow down aging in animal test subjects! This can be done by various means, including dietary and genetic interventions.One of the most noteworthy researchers in the field is Dr Richard Miller.

Dr Richard A Miller Dr Richard Miller MD, PhD, Is a professor of pathology at Michigan University, director of the Nathan Shock centre for biological aging and director of the Paul F Glenn centre for aging research. He graduated Haverford college in 1971 with a BA, then went on to gain an MD and PhD at Yale University. Dr Miller has held is current position at Michigan University since 1990. He has acted as advisor for both The National Institute On Aging, and The American Federation For Aging Research. He is is a winner of numerous awards for his work, including, The Kleemer Award For Aging Research, The Irving Wright Award, The Nathan Shock Award and an award from the prestigious Glenn Foundation.

His continuing research, investigates the correlation between various mechanisms that delay aging in mice which include, nutrition, hormones and stress. He studies the differing cell biologies of short and long lived animals, to develop strategies to slow aging via dietary restriction, drugs and advantagious mutations. His other research areas include, correcting defective T cells, aging biomarkers and genetic mapping.

This 2002 paper by Dr Miller highlights some excellent problems in the aging research field and why we encounter significant resistance from some people towards the idea. I am pleased to say that some of the issues mentioned here have become considerably less of a problem towards progress but many obstacles still remain as Dr Miller suggests.

"The time spent by gerontologists debating whether aging is a single process or many would be better devoted to trying to figure out the mechanistic links between the master clock whose existence is strongly suggested by the unitarian argument and the many cell-specific, organ-specific, and organism-wide processes that march in crude synchrony at species-specific rates."

The sentiment expressed above by Dr Miller are firmly supported by the MMTP, more research and more practical work must be conducted in order to make rapid progress.