Identifying Biomarkers for Biological Age: Geroscience and the ICFSR Task Force

Nathan K. Lebrasseur, R. de Cabo, R. Fielding, L. Ferrucci, L. Rodriguez-Manas, J. Viña, B. Vellas

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The International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research Task Force met in March 2020, in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, to discuss strategies for advancing the interdisciplinary field of geroscience. Geroscience explores biological mechanisms of aging as targets for intervention that may delay the physiological consequences of aging, maintain function, and prevent frailty and disability. Priorities for clinical practice and research include identifying and validating a range of biomarkers of the hallmarks of aging. Potential biomarkers discussed included markers of mitochondrial dysfunction, proteostasis, stem cell dysfunction, nutrient sensing, genomic instability, telomere dysfunction, cellular senescence, and epigenetic changes. The FRAILOMICS initiative is exploring many of these through various omics studies. Translating this knowledge into new therapies is being addressed by the U.S. National Institute on Aging Translational Gerontology Branch. Research gaps identified by the Task Force include the need for improved cellular and animal models as well as more reliable and sensitive measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-201
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of frailty & aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021


  • Aging
  • frailty
  • hallmarks of aging
  • resilience
  • translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Physiology (medical)


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