In December, 2007, the National Institutes of Health, the primary federal agency supporting medical research in the country, and the National Center for Research Resources validated the Buck Institute's interdisciplinary approach with a $23 million grant for the creation of a new discipline coined as "Geroscience."

     The Buck Institute for Research on Aging was founded on the principle of creating interdisciplinary research by bringing together, under one roof and without departmental boundaries, basic scientists from highly disparate backgrounds who are collaborative, accomplished, and driven to derive scientific solutions to the complex biological and biomedical problems. Thus, from its inception in 1999, the Institute has assumed the very structure that is required to foster interdisciplinary studies, and indeed, the Institute exists for this very purpose. This maximizes opportunities for collaboration, creative approaches and surprising discoveries.

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