We know that scientific jargon can sometimes seem like a foreign language. ¬†We have attempted to give intelligible definitions for some of the words you might not recognize on this site. ¬†Please let us know if we’ve missed any!

bioinformatics – statistical and computational approaches to handling large sets of biological data

healthspan – the period of life in which you, or your dog, enjoy relatively good health, free from the chronic disabilities and diseases associated with old age.

intervention – a lifestyle modification (for example exercise, diet, medication) designed to improve quality of life

longitudinal – following the same individual or group of individuals over a long time period with multiple measurements

metabolomics – a method for assessing overall health based on analysis of molecules (metabolites) in blood or tissue

rapamycin – a natural product discovered on Easter Island (Rapa Nui) that has proven useful for treating disease and slowing aging