Thomas A. Rando, MD, PhD is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences and Director of the Glenn Laboratories for the Biology of Aging at Stanford University School of Medicine. Research in the Rando laboratory concerns the basic biology of stem cells, how stem cells function in adult tissue homeostasis, and how their function is altered in degenerative diseases and during aging. Groundbreaking work from his laboratory showed that the age-related decline in stem cell function is due primarily to influences of the aged environmental rather than to intrinsic aging of stem cell themselves. Dr. Rando has received numerous awards, including a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar in Aging, a Senior Scholar Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation, and a “Breakthroughs in Gerontology” Award from the American Federation for Aging Research. In 2005 he received the prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award for his work at the interface between stem cell biology and the biology of aging, and he recently was the recipient of a Transformative Research Award from the NIH for studies of the mechanisms of the enhancement of cognitive function by physical activity and changes that occur in this “muscle-brain axis” that occur during aging.
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