Telomere Research

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Senior couple reading newspaper while eating breakfast. Telomere research may uncover the secrets to living longer.
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Recent studies by our researchers suggest a connection between telomere length and shelterin proteins.
  • Scientists want to find out how to preserve the length of telomeres, which may lead to healthier aging.
  • Our researchers are investigating how telomeres could play an important role in the development of cancer.

Yale Medicine is conducting research that may help uncover the secrets to living longer. Sandy Chang, MD, PhD, professor of Laboratory Medicine, Pathology and Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale School of Medicine and associate director of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at Yale Medicine, leads research into telomeres, which are made of repeating nucleotide sequences and form a protective cap at the end of chromosomes. In his lab, Chang is exploring the role that telomeres play in how we age and how cancer spreads. The research could lead to a new understanding of both.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.