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The University of California at San Francisco is bringing together a group of scientists and clinicians with expertise on aging to launch the Bakar Aging Research Institute.

The new institute will be located at UCSF’s Parnassus Heights campus and will be headed by stem cell scientist Leanne Jones.

Some of the goals of the BARI include looking into the causes of age-related diseases like cancer, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease; developing new technologies and therapies to slow or reverse the aging process; and establishing better health care practices for older adults.

According to the San Francisco Human Services Agency, about 30 percent of the city’s population will be over 60 years old by 2030.

“By aligning our community around a shared research agenda and empowering them with cutting-edge technology and new faculty positions, work at the BARI will leapfrog our current knowledge in the field,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood.