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AFAR in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad interview in International Innovations Interview

Apr 27
2015

AFAR in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad interview in International Innovations Interview

  The April 2015 issue of International Innovations Journal features an interview with AFAR’s Scientific Director, Steven Austad, Ph.D. In the interview, Dr. Austad dispells common myths about aging research, discusses major trends such as geroscience and translational research, and provides an update on his personal research. Download the complete interview as a PDF here or view the entire International Innovations issue here. International Innovations has featured several interviews with AFAR leaders, including  Board President Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., and Executive Director Stephanie Lederman. Dr. Steven Austad is a Professor in and Chairman of the…


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Grantee in the News: MSTAR and Beeson Alumnus Heather Whitson on Geriatrician Shortage

Apr 22
2015

Grantee in the News: MSTAR and Beeson Alumnus Heather Whitson on Geriatrician Shortage

On April 21st, US News and World Report featured commentary from 1997 MSTAR Student and 2008 Beeson Scholar Dr. Heather Whitson on the growing shortage of geriatric doctors. As  the number of older Americans rises,  geriatricians are more essential than ever to provide expert health care for older patients.  Yet, according to Dr. Whitson, “We are not prepared as a nation. We are facing a crisis…Our current health care system is ill equipped to provide the optimal care experience for patients with multiple chronic conditions or with functional limitations and disabilities.” Read…


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Grantee in the News: Scott Small on Age-Related Memory Loss

Apr 19
2015

Grantee in the News: Scott Small on Age-Related Memory Loss

On April 19th, USA Today featured research by 2000 Beeson Scholar Scott Small in its review of scientifically proven methods that may prevent, delay, or reverse memory decline. Amid research on the impact exercise and dietary options on memory decline, the article showcased Dr. Small’s study finding that naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans, called flavanols, may help improve memory. Scott Small, MD, is the Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University. For expert- vetted information on health lifestyle recommendations for older adults, visit AFAR’s InfoAging Healthy Aging portal or…


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Grantee in the News: Malaz Boustani Weighs in on Study Connecting Dementia and Weight

Apr 10
2015

Grantee in the News: Malaz Boustani Weighs in on Study Connecting Dementia and Weight

On April 10th, 2015, two-time grantee Dr. Malaz Boustani lent  his expert opinion to a U.S. News and Reports’ HealthDay piece on new research showing a potential correlation between weight and the onset of dementia. In a study of nearly 2 million adults in the UK, researchers found that individuals who were overweight or obese were 30% less likely to develop dementia over the next 15 years. Dr Boustani noted that while more research needs to be done before a cause and effect relationship can be determined, “if a biological mechanism can be found to support these findings, it…


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Leads Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

Mar 27
2015

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Leads Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

On March 27th, 2015, The Boston Globe reported on a new clinical trial led by 2003 Beeson Scholar Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSc, to test a drug that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In the trial, researchers will test whether a drug, referred to as A4, can prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people who have no symptoms but are at risk. Dr. Sperling is looking to recruit 1,000 adults between the ages of 65-85, particularly people of color. Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSc, is the Director, Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment & Co-Director, Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer'…


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