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Grantee in the News: Domenico Pratico Finds Brain Receptor Cell Could Be Target for Alzheimer's Treatment

Nov 24
2014

Grantee in the News: Domenico Pratico Finds Brain Receptor Cell Could Be Target for Alzheimer's Treatment

On November 18, 2014 FoxNews.com reported on findings from 1997 AFAR Award recipient Domenico Pratico, M.D.’s study, originally published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging.  After studying the effects of free radicals on thromboxane reception (TP) in the brain, Dr. Pratico’s team findings suggest that targeting the TP may prove effective in treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Read FoxNews.com’s full story on Dr. Pratico’s research here. Dr. Domenico Pratico is a Professor at Temple University School of Medicine. For more about Alzheimer’s disease research, visit our…


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AFAR News: Our Experts Challenge the Anti-Aging Industry in NY Times feature

Nov 20
2014

AFAR News: Our Experts Challenge the Anti-Aging Industry in NY Times feature

A November 18th, 2014 New York Times article, Science (and Quacks) vs. the Aging Process prominently featured three AFAR-affiliated scientific experts: our Deputy Scientific Director, Dr. Nir Barzilai; board member, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky; and 2012  Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award recipient, Dr. James Kirkland. Barzilai, Olshansky, and Kirkland each dispelled myths about anti-aging products and initiatives while affirming AFAR’s goal of extending healthy years of life through scientific research. Read the full article here. For more on the myths related to aging research, watch this recently released animation, “Live Longer Live Well” sponsored by…


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Comments on the US Government’s BRAIN Initiative

Nov 17
2014

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Comments on the US Government’s BRAIN Initiative

In a recent online story, Time reported on the slow progress towards identifying new therapeutics and treatments for brain-related diseases. The article featured 2003 Beeson Scholar Reisa Sperling’s comments on the US Government’s BRAIN Initiative.  She stated that “It is important to note that the BRAIN Initiative is really focused on studying basic mechanisms of how the brain works, rather than identifying disease-specific alterations that are more directly translatable into [Alzheimer’s disease] clinical research,” and that she hopes “that there will be additional investment that will help us translate…


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Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman Finds Link between Good Cholesterol and Longevity

Nov 17
2014

Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman Finds Link between Good Cholesterol and Longevity

On November 7th, 2014, The Washington Post reported on research 2012 Ellison/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellow Sofiya Milman presented recently at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr. Milman’s team found that the genes associated with high levels of good cholesterol may also be linked to increased longevity and resistance to age-related diseases.  Read more here. Sofiya Milman, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. At this year’s GSA Annual Scientific Meeting, AFAR also presented our Scientific Awards and…


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Partner RFA: Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Offers Funding Up To $900,000

Nov 14
2014

Partner RFA: Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) Offers Funding Up To $900,000

Foundation Fighting Blindness, FFB, is now inviting applications for the inaugural round of a new program which combines funding with active project management and support.  Funding for up to a total of $900,000 over three years is to be provided to accelerate translation of research findings in the inherited retinal degenerative diseases (IRD) with the goal of developing new therapies to improve and/or restore vision.  Letter of intent due December 3. For details, download the RFA here.


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