The major research focus of James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, is the impact of cellular aging (senescence) on age-related dysfunction and chronic diseases, especially developing methods for removing these cells and alleviating their effects. Senescent cells accumulate with aging and in such diseases as dementias, atherosclerosis, cancers, diabetes, and arthritis. The goal of Dr. Kirkland's current work is to develop methods to remove these cells to delay, prevent, alleviate, or partially reverse age-related chronic diseases as a group and extend health span, the period of life free of disability, pain, dependence, and chronic disease.
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