The Geropathology research network: An interdisciplinary approach for integrating pathology into research on aging

Warren Ladiges, Yuji Ikeno, Laura Niedernhofer, Richard A. Mcindoe, Marcia A. Ciol, Jerry Ritchey, Denny Liggitt

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Geropathology is the study of aging and age-related lesions and diseases in the form of whole necropsies/autopsies, surgical biopsies, histology, and molecular biomarkers. It encompasses multiple subspecialties of geriatrics, anatomic pathology, molecular pathology, clinical pathology, and gerontology. In order to increase the consistency and scope of communication in the histologic and molecular pathology assessment of tissues from preclinical and clinical aging studies, a Geropathology Research Network has been established consisting of pathologists and scientists with expertise in the comparative pathology of aging, the design of aging research studies, biostatistical methods for analysis of aging data, and bioinformatics for compiling and annotating large sets of data generated from aging studies. The network provides an environment to promote learning and exchange of scientific information and ideas for the aging research community through a series of symposia, the development of uniform ways of integrating pathology into aging studies, and the statistical analysis of pathology data. The efforts of the network are ultimately expected to lead to a refined set of sentinel biomarkers of molecular and anatomic pathology that could be incorporated into preclinical and clinical aging intervention studies to increase the relevance and productivity of these types of investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-434
Number of pages4
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Aging
  • Geropathology
  • Geropathology research network
  • Health Span
  • Healthy aging
  • Histopathology
  • Life
  • Molecular pathology
  • Span

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging


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