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Call for Nominations: 2017 Busse Research Awards

Sep 15
2016

Call for Nominations: 2017 Busse Research Awards

On behalf of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, AFAR shares this exciting opportunity: Busse Research Awards recognize the achievements of late junior or mid-career scientists and to encourage their continued contributions to aging research. This year, one award will be to a scientist from the social/behavioral sciences, the other, a scientist from the biomedical sciences. Awardees will receive certificates and an award of $8,000 (USD) each, plus up to $4,000 (USD) for travel/living expenses. For information and application forms, visit the website here or contact: Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., Jury Chair …


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Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky on Health after 70 and the Presidential Candidates

Sep 14
2016

Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky on Health after 70 and the Presidential Candidates

On September 12 and September 13th, AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad and Board Member, S. Jay Olshansky lent insights to articles in the New York Post and The New York Times, respectively, on public concerns over the health and age of this year’s presidential candidates. In the New York Post, Dr. Austad states, “We’re healthier [at 70] now than we ever have been in human history,” however he also notes that “all 20-year-olds are pretty much the same, but [all] 70-year-olds are not” listing socioeconomic status and life style choice as among the…


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Grantee in the News: Janey Peterson launches New App for Improved Patient Care

Sep 6
2016

Grantee in the News: Janey Peterson launches New App for Improved Patient Care

On August 31st, 2016 Beeson Scholar Janey Peterson, MA, MS, RN, EdD, published an article on OncLive about a new mobile app that could help transform postoperative patient monitoring. Thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Damon Runyon Foundation, Dr. Peterson and her team will be performing a randomized trial for patients with gastrointestinal cancer using the app to document their health and recovery in the perioperative period.  Patients download the app to their smartphone or tablet and are given a wearable fitness tracking device to capture other metrics. The app allows patients to more conveniently and frequently share data…


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Grantees in the News: Seven AFAR Grantees and Experts Featured in Scientific American special issue

Sep 1
2016

Grantees in the News: Seven AFAR Grantees and Experts Featured in Scientific American special issue

For its September 2016 issue, Scientific American released a special edition highlighting 9 key questions about the future for humanity.  Two of these questions—“Will We Defeat Aging?” and “If We Could, Would We Want to Live Forever?” explored the science of aging research and featured a range of AFAR affiliated experts. In “Will We Defeat Aging?” , the publication has selected several AFAR experts’ work among its biggest scientific findings and projects in aging research: • The Dog Aging Project, spearheaded by Matt Kaeberlein, PhD (2006 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty and 2007…


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Grantees in the News: Smithsonian Magazine spotlights Kaeberlian and Promislow’s Dog Aging Project

Sep 1
2016

Grantees in the News: Smithsonian Magazine spotlights Kaeberlian and Promislow’s Dog Aging Project

On August 30th,  Smithsonian Magazine spotlighted the Dog Aging Project, spearheaded by  two-time AFAR grantee Daniel Promislow, Ph.D., and two-time grantee Matt Kaeberlain, Ph.D., at the University of Washington. The Dog Aging Project is a national study that will allow researchers to study the aging process of dogs outside of a laboratory setting.  This article explains how Dr. Promislow used the observation of the abnormally short lifespan of large breads of dogs sparked his interest in this topic. The project is currently being reviewed for a grant that would allow them to conduct an…


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