Laura Niedernhofer, PhD

Developing Drugs That Target Aging


March 6, 2020 | 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. | 5-125 Moos Tower

Laura Niedernhofer joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 to direct the Medical Discovery Team on the Biology of Aging, referred to as the Institute on the Biology of Aging & Metabolism. Dr. Niedernhofer studied chemistry at Duke University and completed the medical scientist training program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, earning a PhD in Biochemistry. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Dr. Niedernhofer was at The Scripps Research Institute, where she helped spearhead identification of a new class of drugs called senolytics, which selectively kill senescent cells. Dr. Niedernhofer’s expertise is in DNA damage and repair, progeroid syndromes, cellular senescence and aging. Her research contributed to the understanding that DNA damage plays a causal role in senescence and aging. Dr. Niedernhofer has been awarded for her research in aging, cancer and environmental health science and was the 2018 recipient of the Vincent Cristafolo Rising Star in Aging Research awarded by the American Federation for Aging Research.


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In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 


American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) — This activity is awarded up to 1 ANCC contact hour. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Medical Association (AMA) — The University of Minnesota Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education — The Universal Activity Number is JA0000810-0000-20-003-L04-P. This knowledge-based activity has been approved for 1 contact hour.

Other Health Professionals — It is the responsibility of each participant to determine if the program meets the criteria for re-licensure or re-certification for their discipline.

PM Seminar March 2020