School of Medicine
Established February 2001
The Gheens chair for aging research works with researchers from U of L's Gheens Center for Aging and Age-Related Diseases. The chair holder examines genetic mechanisms of the aging process and studies ways to slow or stop age-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. This endowment received matching funds from the Research Challenge Trust Fund.
The Gheens Foundation Inc. established both the chair and the aging studies center. A Louisville-based organization, the foundation supports charitable and educational endeavors throughout the Louisville area.
The foundation was the lead supporter of the new Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, which opened in 2001.