Bill Nelson to be on hand for Monday launch of new aging institute at UF

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Gator Nation will have reason to celebrate Monday as the University of Florida opens the doors to its newest research complex aimed at improving the quality of life of our nation’s elderly.    

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who chairs the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging, will join UF President Bernie Machen and other school officials for Monday afternoon’s ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new 120,000-square-foot research complex that will be home to the UF Institute on Aging and its Clinical and Translational Science Institute. 

This new facility for aging research will be focused on the issues of healthy aging.  The building was designed to foster greater collaboration between researchers from both institutes as they look to tackle some of the most pressing issues people face as they get older.  

“Our seniors have everyday aches and pains and many are suffering from more devastating setbacks like memory loss and lung disease,” Nelson said.  “Meantime, there’s a lot we can and must do to better understand the aging process so we can improve the quality of life for all seniors.” 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the media and will take place at 2 p.m. at 2004 Mowry Road in Gainesville.  Nelson will be available at the ceremony to any media wishing to catch up with him there.  A local Nelson contact is Celeste Brown at 407-506-6057.

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