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AFAR in the News: Grantees and Board Members on Geroscience and Healthspan in the New York Post

May 24
2016

AFAR in the News: Grantees and Board Members on Geroscience and Healthspan in the New York Post

On May 24th the New York Post featured Board Members Nir Barzilai, MD (Deputy Scientific Director), James Kirkland, MD, PhD, and David Sinclair, PhD, as well as two-time Grantee, Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, in the article, “Scientists are closer than ever to creating the Fountain of Youth.” Far from promising a fountain of youth, AFAR experts explained the field of geroscience – the study of the relationship between aging and disease – and discussed research moving toward clinical trials, including, The Dog Aging Project and the Targeting Aging with Metformin, TAME trial. AFAR’s work in…


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Grantee in the News: William Dale redefines Health and Well-Being Standards for Older Adults

May 23
2016

Grantee in the News: William Dale redefines Health and Well-Being Standards for Older Adults

New research published by 2004 Beeson Scholar, William Dale, MD, PhD, in the journal of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, PNAS, re-examines perspectives on how to define the health and wellbeing of aging adults. Based on a major longitudinal survey, Dr. Dale’s team found that a comprehensive model of health and aging, including factors such as psychological well-being, sensory function, mobility, and health behaviors, is a better predictor of overall health than traditional biomedical models focused more limitedly on diseases and conditions. A summary of this research can be found on medicalxpress.com. William Dale, MD, PhD,…


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Awardee in the News: Andrew Dillin’s research on Genetic switch and Healthspan in Cell journal.

May 20
2016

Awardee in the News: Andrew Dillin’s research on Genetic switch and Healthspan in Cell journal.

In the May 19, 2016 issue of Cell journal, 2010 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award recipient Andrew Dillin, PhD, published promising research on a genetic switch could be linked to increased health and lifespan.  Through research conducted with animal models, Dr. Dillin’s lab found two epigenetic switches-- enzymes that effect gene expression--to be highly correlated with increased lifespan.  This finding represents the greatest correlation in regards to increased lifespan of mice ever uncovered. A summary of Dr. Dillin’s finding can be viewed in the press release here. To date, this release was also picked up by GEN…


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Grantees in the News: AFAR experts lead New York Times Cover Story on Understanding Human Healthspan through Canine Aging

May 18
2016

Grantees in the News: AFAR experts lead New York Times Cover Story on Understanding Human Healthspan through Canine Aging

On May 17, 2016, The New York Times featured a cover study on the groundbreaking Dog Aging Project and its implications for extending the years humans live healthier as we age. The project is spearheaded by two AFAR grantees, and several AFAR awardees and board leaders were asked to lend insights in the piece. The two-page story spotlighted the Dog Aging Project, led by University of Washington Medicine’s Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, (2006 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty and 2007 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award) and Daniel Promislow, PhD, (1996 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty and 2010 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in…


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AFAR EVENT: Research briefing on The Dog Aging Project, May 16 in NYC

May 18
2016

AFAR EVENT: Research briefing on The Dog Aging Project, May 16 in NYC

  AFAR grants helped support the research careers of Dr. Daniel Promislow (left) and Dr. Matt Kaeberlein (right), seen here with Executive Director Stephanie Lederman.   On May 16th, AFAR co-hosted two events on The Dog Aging Project with the University of Washington Medicine: a morning research briefing and luncheon and an evening cocktail reception. The Dog Aging Project is a bold national study into the healthy aging of our best friends and what that could mean for human aging.  By studying dogs in their homes, researchers at University of Washington Medicine are identifying the genetic and environmental…


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