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Board Member in the News: NY Times features Steven Austad on how the election challenges perceptions of aging

Sep 30
2016

Board Member in the News: NY Times features Steven Austad on how the election challenges perceptions of aging

On September 29th, 2016, The New York Times ran an Op Ed by acclaimed contributor Gail Collins, featuring insights from AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD. The column tackles ageism and the question of whether at 68 and 70 years old, respectively, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump’s age should be a consideration towards evaluating their presidential candidacy. Austad notes that with new lifespan and healthspan expectations the candidates’ age may help rather than hurt them. Being so close in age, the candidates have largely been shielded what otherwise could have been a more contentious topic. Dr. Austad continued to…


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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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