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Scholar in the News: Centers of Excellence Scholar Gary Epstein-Lubow in The Washington Post

Apr 15
2014

Scholar in the News: Centers of Excellence Scholar Gary Epstein-Lubow in The Washington Post

On April 14th, 2014 AFAR Center of Excellence Scholar and geriatric psychiatrist, Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, contributed a piece to The Washington Post opening up on how dementia effected his family after his mother-in-law was diagnosed with the disease.   Dr. Epstein-Lubow shined light on the forgotten victims of dementia, the caregivers and loved ones of those diagnosed. Dr. Epstein-Lubow especially noted that the estimated 15 million unpaid caregivers in the United States have a higher risk for homicide and suicide and experience depression at a rate 2-3 times above that of the general population. Gary Epstein-Lubow, MD, is geriatric psychiatrist…


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Grantee in the News: Ted Dawson Identifies Biological Process that Triggers Parkinson’s Disease

Apr 10
2014

Grantee in the News: Ted Dawson Identifies Biological Process that Triggers Parkinson’s Disease

On April 10th, 2014, Fox News profiled AFAR 1995 Beeson Scholar Dr. Ted Dawson’s new research  identifying a protein trigger for a common form of Parkinson’s disease.  Dr. Dawson, along with his team and John Hopkins University, built on research linking mutations in the enzyme, LRRK2, with the onset of Parkinson’s disease, by uncovering the protein LRRK2 acts on, s15. Identification of this protein and enzyme combination is significant because it may lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Ted Dawson, MD, PhD, is a professor at John…


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Industry News: Canine Longevity and the Old Grey Muzzle Tour

Apr 7
2014

Industry News: Canine Longevity and the Old Grey Muzzle Tour

AFAR is proud to be a sponsor of The Old Grey Muzzle Tour, a scientific expedition to discover the secrets of successful aging and cancer avoidance through canine research, led by Director David J. Waters, DVM, PhD. Since February 2014, Dr. Waters has embarked on a 50-day, cross-country journey to research 17 of the oldest-living Rottweiler dogs in the United States. AFAR applauds Dr. Waters’ inventive research and creative approach to raising awareness for what we can learn about human aging by studying canine aging. AFAR’s Scientific Director, Steven Austad, PhD, states “It’s amazing to me…


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Industry News: How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

Apr 2
2014

Industry News: How Exercise Can Help You Live Longer

On April 2, 2014 the New York Times profiled research connecting exercise, independently, to reduced risk of a heart attack. In a study done at Cutin University in Perth Australia, researchers examined the cause of death for sample population after gathering the participants’ Framingham Risk Scores, a calculation of the likelihood of experiencing a heart attack with in the next decade, 15 years prior. By dividing the study participants in three groups based on their amount of weekly exercise, the researchers found an independent link between exercise and decreased risk of a fatal heart attack.  This research was unique because…


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Board Member in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad Comments on Diet Studies

Apr 1
2014

Board Member in the News: Scientific Director Steven Austad Comments on Diet Studies

On April 1, 2014, the New York Times featured AFAR’s Scientific Director Steven Austad in an article comparing the results of two studies on the effects of caloric restriction and longevity in rhesus monkeys. Starting in 1987, rival groups at the National Institute for Aging (NIA) in Baltimore and the University of Wisconsin used different research methodologies to study the effects of diet on health and longevity. The Wisconsin group, which allowed their control monkeys to eat unlimited qualities of not particularly healthy foods, found that calorie restriction reduced cases of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and brain atrophy and resulted…


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