The Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity (CTRAL) at Texas A&M University (TAMU) is engaged in ongoing translational clinical research on nutrition, exercise, and metabolism in relation to aging and the common diseases of our aging population. These diseases include cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), mild cognitive impairment/dementia, and autism spectrum disorder. In addition, CTRAL is studying how to increase the longevity of humans as the changes in the physiology of older and very old adults can be counteracted by certain nutrition strategies and exercise programs. Translation of knowledge from basic and applied sciences to care and clinical practice for older adults is the overall goal of our group.
We have the ability to perform clinical research and study the role of changes in metabolism in relation to healthy aging. Our goal is to increase knowledge on how changes in nutrition can affect outcomes in disease and aging. The focus is on investigating the role of certain macronutrients, the small molecules that make up the building blocks of proteins, fats, and sugars in metabolism.
Clinical Research at CTRAL is supervised by Nicolaas Deutz, MD, PhD and Marielle Engelen, PhD, both tenured Professors at Texas A&M University with a lot of experience in performing Human Clinical Research. We can work with interested Texas A&M researchers to conduct collaborative clinical research projects that ultimately can lead to federal funding.