Mice in Groningen live longer, stay healthy, slim and fit up to a more advanced age, and are at lower risk of cancer, liver disease and diabetes. All thanks to professor Cor Calkhoven and his team. The microbiologist from the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) in Groningen carried out a small intervention in the genetic material of the little animals.
“We have the animals run across a roll, faster and faster, to see when they fall off. Our old lab mice managed to last almost as long as young mice. That is unheard of”, says Calkhoven. It is a momentous discovery. The genetically manipulated mice continuously burn more fat and carbohydrates. They live longer, but also stay slimmer and stronger.
ERIBA, European Institute for the Biology of Ageing, is carrying out research into the biological side of ageing. What are its core processes? What happens? Dozens of researchers from the Netherlands and abroad are specifically zooming in on this. It is logical that the institute is located in Groningen. Groningen has a pioneering role globally when it comes to research into Healthy Ageing.