The Center for Aging and Regeneration at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (CARE Chile UC) was founded in 2008 under the Basal Financing Program for Scientific and Technological Centers of Excellence, awarded by the Chilean Government through the National Commission for Scientific and Technological research (CONICYT).
CARE Chile UC was the first Basal Project obtained by this university. It strengthens a research trajectory that includes the previous Fondap Center for Cell Regulation and Pathology “Joaquín V. Luco” (1999-2009), the Innovation and Business Generation Unit (2007-2009), the Research Support Project in Fondap Centers of Excellence (2007-2009), and the Institute and Millennium Nuclei Initiatives that have complemented their work.
This center is an interdisciplinary institution that leads cell biology research towards high impact economic and social biomedical problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, cancer, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and metabolic syndrome, among others.
The increased life expectancy of the Chilean population places the center’s research in line with the growing public health problems caused by diseases associated with ageing. Having a better understanding of the pathological mechanisms of these diseases will contribute to the development of new pharmacological treatments and to the improvement of the quality of life of the population.
In 2013, CARE Chile UC officially became a Research Center of Excellence at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. This historical milestone demonstrates the commitment of this university to research in biomedicine and also to the training of young scientists in this area.
The model developed and implemented in this center has succeeded in linking academia with the business sector with the aim of promoting development and innovation, considering the requirements of the productive and industrial sector. This is reflected in the strategic alliances the center has established with public and private businesses, with potential impact on economic competitiveness and the social development of the country.