Christian McLaren Receives Prestigious 2023 Cluff Award for Aging Research

Christian Mclaren

Christian McLaren, B.S., a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida College of Health and Health Professions, has received the prestigious 2023 Cluff Aging Research Award in recognition of his outstanding scholarly contributions in the field of aging. The Cluff Aging Research Award, named after the late Leighton E. Cluff, is dedicated to honoring individuals who have made significant advancements in understanding the social aspects associated with aging.

Christian McLaren’s noteworthy achievement stems from the development of an innovative methodology aimed at exploring mitochondrial fuel utilization and circadian genes in older adults. This groundbreaking approach will be instrumental in the forthcoming Fuel and Rhythm Study, led by Christian’s mentor, Dr. Stephen Anton. Dr. Anton holds a joint appointment in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, as well as the Department of Physiology and Aging. By implementing these novel methods, researchers will be able to evaluate the effects of biological and behavioral interventions, such as time-restricted eating, on these parameters. Furthermore, they will examine how changes in these biological factors may impact cognitive and physical function in the older population.