Mayo Clinic: Invasion of the Zombie Cells



Full Event

Highlight Clips

Darren J. Baker, Ph.D., M.S. explains what zombie cells are.
Darren J. Baker, Ph.D., M.S. shares why we should care about zombie cells.
Darren J. Baker, Ph.D., M.S. discusses the possibility of preventing dementia.


On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Sandhya Pruthi, M.D., associate medical director for the Department of Development, joined the Mayo Clinic Leadership Council for a conversation with Darren Baker, Ph.D., M.S., a Mayo Clinic molecular biologist working to understand zombie cells and how to eliminate them.

The Highlights

  • Zombie (senescent) cells have stopped dividing, but don’t die, and accumulate with age
  • Dr. Baker’s research indicates a link between zombie cells and dementia
  • Mayo Clinic is advancing this initial research, laying the foundation for future clinical trials that could one day transform how we treat dementia, as well as other degenerative and age related diseases

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