Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 August 2005
Vol. 2005, Issue 31, p. pe24
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2005.31.pe24]


From Bedside to Bench: Research Agenda for Frailty

Linda P. Fried, Evan C. Hadley, Jeremy D. Walston, Anne B. Newman, Jack M. Guralnik, Stephanie Studenski, Tamara B. Harris, William B. Ershler, and Luigi Ferrucci

The authors are at the Center on Aging and Health and the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA (L.P.F. and J.D.W.), the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA (E.C.H.), the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA (A.N. and S.S.), the Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry at the National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA (J.M.G. and T.B.H.), the Institute for Advanced Studies in Aging and Geriatric Medicine, Washington, DC 20007, USA (W.B.E.), and the Clinical Research Branch of the National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, MD 21225, USA (L.F.). E-mail: (L.P.F.)

Key Words: frailty • inflammatory cytokines • stressors • loss of complexity • loss of redundancy • systems biology

Abstract: The American Geriatrics Society sponsored a working conference in January 2004, funded by the National Institute on Aging, to establish the state of the art in frailty research and to set a research agenda for the future. The invited participants included senior basic biologists, epidemiologists, geneticists, and clinical investigators who study aging-related issues. This article summarizes the central theoretical observations on frailty and research needs and opportunities presented and discussed at this conference, and lays out an agenda for future research on frailty.

Citation: L. P. Fried, E. C. Hadley, J. D. Walston, A. B. Newman, J. M. Guralnik, S. Studenski, T. B. Harris, W. B. Ershler, L. Ferrucci, From Bedside to Bench: Research Agenda for Frailty. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2005 (31), pe24 (2005).

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