Susan Howlett, Dalhousie University, Canada
Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett is Distinguished Research Professor of Pharmacology and Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada where she has taught for decades.  She leads discovery research into how age and sex steroid hormones affect cardiac function and predispose towards heart diseases.  Recently her laboratory has pioneered the measurement of frailty in naturally aging animals with a "frailty index" tool.  She has used this instrument to show that frailty can be exacerbated by polypharmacy, attenuated by deprescribing, exercise and treatment with drugs known as “geroprotectors”.  A translational scientist, she has used results from studies in animals to develop a new laboratory-based tool to measure frailty in people. @SusanEHowlett. 

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