Next Avenue Column
Next Avenue Column


AFAR has launched a new editorial partnership with the PBS website Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming 50+ population.

The bimonthly feature will spotlight both original columns by AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., as well as Ask the Expert interviews.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- “Does Our Blood Hold the Secrets of Our Longevity?” -- which explores various “biological clocks,” including how studies showing how our blood can be used to calculate biological age, here.

Read an Ask the Expert Interview with AFAR grantee NathanLeBrasseur, PhD  -- "'Can a Medication-Exercise Combo Head Off Age-Related Muscle Loss?" -- examining the biology behind age-related muscle loss, known as sarcopenia, and how his research on myostatin and exercise can help prevent sarcopenia, here.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- What Space Flight Teaches Us About Aging -- which, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, reflects on the various studies in space that have revealed new insights on the aging process, here.

Read an Ask the Expert Interview with AFAR Beeson Scholar Claire McEvoy, MD, RD -- "'Can the Mediterranean Diet Delay or Prevent Dementia?" -- exploring research on the Mediterranean Diet and cognition, here.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- "What Biology Tells Us About Gender and Longevity" -- exploring research that shows, from hormones to chromosomes, biological differences between men and women reveal fascinating paths to better understanding of longevity at any age, here. The article spotlights research led by AFAR experts Emily S. Davis, Dena Dubal, MD, PhD, and Dudley Lamming, PhD as well as Dr. Austad's own published studies.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- "Last Year’s Research on Aging Hints at What Lies Ahead" -- exploring new insights gained in the field in 2018 and the forecast for healthy aging in year ahead, highlighting a range of research led by AFAR experts Sebastian Brandhorst, Ph.D., Christin Burd, Ph.D., Pinchas Cohen, M.D., Emily S. Davis, Denal Dubal, M.D., Ph.D., Valter Longo, Ph.D., Su Jeong Kim, Ph.D., James L. Kirkland, M.D., David Marcinek, Ph.D., Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D., Satchin Panda, Ph.D., Ming Xu, Ph.D., and Kelvin Yen, Ph.D. here.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- "Studies Show It's Never Too Late to Improve Your Health" -- exploring research on lifestyle and drug interventions that can extend late-in-life health and featuring the research of AFAR experts Judy Campisi, Ph.D., Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D., James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., and Tom Rando, M.D., Ph.D. here.

Read an Ask the Expert Interview with AFAR grantee Catherine Kaczorowski, Ph.D. -- "'Biomarkers of Resilience' May Protect Us from Alzheimer's" -- discussing Alzheimer's disease, cognitive resilience, and the path to translation in humans here.

Read Dr. Austad's column -- "It's Not Just What You Eat -- It's When You Eat" -- exploring the research of AFAR experts Dr. Valter Longo and Dr. Satchin Panda on caloric restriction, fasting-micking diets, and circadian rhythms here.

Read an Ask the Expert Interview with AFAR grantee Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D. -- "What Naked Mole Rats Tell Us About Cancer and Longevity" -- discussing aging, cancer, and comparative biology here.

Read Dr. Austad's column "What Can Dogs Teach Us About Aging Well?" focusing on the Dog Aging Project, a research study led by former AFAR grantees Matt Kaeberlein Ph.D. and Daniel Promislow Ph.D. here.

Read an Ask the Expert Interview with AFAR board member and grantee Tom Rando, M.D., Ph.D  -- "Young Blood for Aging Bodies?" -- discussing young blood, biomarkers, and aging here.

Read Dr. Austad’s debut column -- “The Low Cost, All-Natural Tool for Healthy Aging” -- exploring the molecular benefits of exercise here.

For more insights from AFAR experts, check out our archived Huffington Post columns by Scientific Director Steven Austad, Ph.D., and Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, M.D., here.