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Grantee in the News: Christopher Callahan Dispels Myths about “Normal Aging”

Dec 8
2016

Grantee in the News: Christopher Callahan Dispels Myths about “Normal Aging”

On December 8, 2016, Kaiser Health News, featured 1996 Beeson Scholar, Christopher Callahan, MD in an article dispelling mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.” Dr. Callahan states that many of the ailments—such as fatigue, weakness, and depression, among others—which his patients describe as “normal aging," are not actually expected consequences of growing older.  Instead, these symptoms often a signal that something is wrong and a medical evaluation is in order.  The article goes on to outline some of these commonly mistaken symptoms, providing guidelines on when to talk to a doctor. Read the…


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New Report: Effective Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Opportunities for Private Philanthropy

Dec 7
2016

New Report: Effective Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Opportunities for Private Philanthropy

In partnership with The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation, AFAR is pleased to release, “Effective Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Opportunities for Private Philanthropy,” a report of a multi-stakeholder convening held in November 2015 in Marina del Rey, CA. Crafted by scientific and foundation leaders, the report provides ideas for collaborations and strategies to engage the philanthropic community in moving Alzheimer’s disease research into the translational stage. Opportunities for investment include: • Educating and engaging funders • Creating a research agenda for grantmakers • Creating opportunities for philanthropic collaboration and…


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AFAR mourns the passing of Chad Dickey, PhD

Dec 2
2016

AFAR mourns the passing of Chad Dickey, PhD

Chad Dickey, PhD, Associate Professor at the Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute at the University of South Florida, Tampa, passed away last Friday, November 25, after a short illness. In 2007, Chad received the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR New Investigator Award in Alzheimer’s Disease, followed by a Collaborative Research Award in Alzheimer's Disease with Ehud Cohen, Ph.D. Every year Chad attended the New Investigator Meetings in Santa Barbara, CA as a grantee, and was an enthusiastic participant and contributor. He also strongly believed in paying back by mentoring the incoming grantees and serving on AFAR committees…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad discusses “Why We Age”  on Reach MD podcast

Dec 1
2016

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad discusses “Why We Age” on Reach MD podcast

On December 1, 2016, AFAR’s Scientific Director, Steven Austad, PhD was featured as a guest on a Reach MD podcast episode entitled, “Why Do We Age.”  Joining host, Mary Leuchars, MD, Dr. Austad discussed the basic biological processes behind human aging, as well as, promising developments in the field of aging research.  Throughout the interview, Dr. Austad emphasizes that the primary goal of investigation and intervention into the biology of aging is to improve health and enhance healthy lifespan. Listen to the full interview here. Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at…


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Grantee in News: Timothy Platts-Mills Discusses the Important Role Emergency Room Staff Places in Identifying Elder Abuse

Nov 30
2016

Grantee in News: Timothy Platts-Mills Discusses the Important Role Emergency Room Staff Places in Identifying Elder Abuse

On November 25, 2016, US News and World Reports/HealthDay featured 2014 COE Fellow Timothy Platts-Mills, PhD, on the important role the emergency department staff must play towards identifying elder abuse. According to new research, ten percent of seniors suffer from elder abuser however, only 1 in every 7,700 emergency room visits for older adults, results in an elder abuse diagnosis.  Victims of elder abuse are less likely to receive routine care from a primary physician, so the emergency room department is often the only medical care they receive.  According to new research, ten percent of seniors suffer from elder abuse, yet…


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