Annual Report + Financials
Annual Report + Financials

Big Questions. Breakthrough Science: 2018 Annual Report

The American Federation for Aging Research is proud to release our 2018 annual report, “Big Questions, Breakthrough Science.”

In the 2018 Annual Report, we focus on three of the big questions most commonly asked about aging research today: Will there be a pill to slow aging? What can I do now to stay healthier, longer? Is it ever too late to improve your health? To answer, we highlight a small sample of the breakthrough science led by AFAR investigators.

In Will there be a pill to slow aging?, AFAR President-elect James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, discusses how decades of research has allowed for there to be a multitude of potential compounds to slow the effects of aging. Our large clinical trial, Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME), will establish a proof-of-concept that the condition of aging is a treatable composite of age-related disease, and other studies on the effects of Humanin, Fisetin and NAD precursor NMN will help determine the best solutions moving forward.

In What can I do now to stay healthier, longer?, AFAR President and former Beeson Scholar Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH, explains how proper everyday lifestyle choices can help us live longer and better. Our experts have been involved in a vast amount of research that proves the benefits of regular exercise, positive nutrition, and dietary timing.

In Is it ever too late to improve your health?, Steven N. Austad, PhD, AFAR’s Scientific Director, talks about how there is always time to improve health. Several studies explore the potential of drugs to reverse the damaging effects of aging, and others show the positive impact exercise can have, even later in life.

The report also highlights the new Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Award in Aging, and AFAR’s coordination of the National Institute on Aging (NIA)’s Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging and Research Centers Collaborative Network, as well as our 2018 grantees and scientific committees.

The research AFAR supports is driving a new generation of bold and creative clinical trials designed to translate this knowledge into novel drugs and therapies. Researchers also are advancing the science that shows how exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle interventions can improve health, even late in life.

All of this is possible thanks to the help and support of our wonderful donors.

 To read and download AFAR’s 2018 Annual Report, please click here

Review past annual reports here.