Funded by the Max Planck Society as one of more than 80 independent, non-profit research institutes, the overall goal of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is to understand the natural ageing process and to find out how to intervene and mitigate or even prevent age-associated diseases.
The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing dedicate their research to deciphering the mystery of growing old: Why do organisms age at all? How can we influence our ageing and lifespan? And how do we ensure that our bodies remain fit and healthy as we grow older? To this end, they use model organisms such as nematodes, fruit flies or mice on the one hand, and on the other hand they examine samples from patients in the clinic and conduct studies on long-lived families. The experimental work at the institute is carried out in an interdisciplinary working environment and is supported by several Core Facilities.
The Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing is an essential part of a local network focused on ageing research, consisting of the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, CECAD (University of Cologne Center for Excellence Cluster in Aging, Stress and Aging-Related Disease), caesar Research Center and DZNE (German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases). Our institute is centrally located on the campus of the University of Cologne and the University Hospital Cologne.
The building was designed by the award-winning architectural firm Hammes-Krause from Stuttgart and our researchers moved in 2014. The unique triangular shape of the inner atrium and the transparent character of the building connect the different laboratories and foster a shared and collaborative spirit. The large, open foyer allows for an open dialogue and exchange of ideas between the scientific community and the public.