Center of Excellence in
Apoptosis Research

Apoptosis: Up Close and Personal

The body has a built-in system to get rid of old, damaged, or unnecessary cells. Called apoptosis, this "programmed cell death" is critical to good health. If the system stops working, abnormal cells accumulate, which can cause diseases such as cancer. If the system works too well, an abundance of healthy cells are destroyed, causing severe tissue damage that can lead to Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and other neurodegenerative disorders. The Center of Excellence in Apoptosis Research (CEAR) was created in 2006 to support research into this critical system-and what happens when it malfunctions.

Grant Programs to Fund New Research

CEAR strives to create an environment that supports new and innovative apoptosis-related research, and funding is crucial to the achievement of this goal. In partnership with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative's John Adams Innovation Institute, CEAR offers several grant programs designed to stimulate research in its early stages as well as support projects that are closer to the translational phase.

Who We Are

At the heart of CEAR's design is our diverse, multidisciplinary faculty membership.