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AFAR Collaborates on UK-US Initiative to Advance Healthy Aging Through Research and Design

Oct 24
2014

AFAR Collaborates on UK-US Initiative to Advance Healthy Aging Through Research and Design

  LIVE LONGER, LIVE WELL On Monday, October 27 at the House of Lords in London, AFAR co-hosted a special event to engage politicians and scientists in a discussion on how research into the biology of aging can help make remaining healthy in old age a reality for millions. The event, Live Longer, Live Well, was co-hosted by the British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA) and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research. “AFAR is honored to have been invited to present at such a prestigious venue with our respected peers, and we are inspired by the British government…


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Awardee in the News: Impact on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases thru Andrew Dillon’s Research

Oct 22
2014

Awardee in the News: Impact on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases thru Andrew Dillon’s Research

The October 17, 2014 issue of Science published research co-authored by Andrew Dillin, Ph.D., a member of AFAR’s BIG and Midcareer Selection Committee BIG and Midcareer Selection Committee and the 2010 recipient of the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research. The study explores a new method of preventing protein unraveling. As the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain is a hallmark symptom of diseases of aging such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Dr. Dillon’s research holds considerable promise. Protein’s cellular functions as enzymes and structural components depends on it…


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2014 Beeson Meeting and Report

Oct 22
2014

2014 Beeson Meeting and Report

Since its launch in 1994, The Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program has recognized over 200 investigators as Beeson Scholars through a program that provides three to five years of mentored career development support to enable clinically-trained investigators to gain skills and experience in aging-related research and to become leaders in the field. On October 8-11, 2014, more than ninety current and alumni Beeson Scholars, mentors, funders, and senior faculty gathered for the annual Beeson Meeting in San Diego. Organized by AFAR, the Beeson Meeting serves as a forum for career development, scientific exchange, mentoring, and networking. David Reuben,…


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Industry News: NPR Affirms the Pressing Need for AFAR’s Programs

Oct 17
2014

Industry News: NPR Affirms the Pressing Need for AFAR’s Programs

A recent broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition helped underscore the pressing need for AFAR’s grant opportunities by highlighting how steep competition for federal grants has impacted researcher scientists. NPR reported that federal funding for biomedical research has declined by more than 20% over the past decade. This means there are far more scientists competing for grants than there is money to support them. The crunch is especially tight for new investigators who have yet to build esteem in their fields and for scientists hoping to pursue new, unexplored avenues with their research projects. Several of AFAR&rsquo…


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Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar P. Muali Doraiswamy Praises New Alzheimer’s Findings in NY Times

Oct 15
2014

Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar P. Muali Doraiswamy Praises New Alzheimer’s Findings in NY Times

On October 12, 2014, the New York Times quoted 1996 Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Scholar, Dr. P. Muali Doraiswamy for his expert opinion on a new finding in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. Investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully replicated Alzheimer’s disease inflected human brain cells in a petri dish.  Dr. Doraiswamy believes that this discovery is “a giant step forward” because it will allow researchers to more efficiently study the disease and test new treatments.  P. Murali Doraiswamy, M.D., is a Professor in the Translational Neuroscience…


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