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Grantee in the News:  Satchidananda Panda’s Research in Cell Metabolism on How the Liver Responds So Quickly to Food

Feb 20
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda’s Research in Cell Metabolism on How the Liver Responds So Quickly to Food

On February 6th 2018, Cell Metabolism published research co-authored by 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.  In “The RNA-Binding Protein NONO Coordinates Hepatic Adaptation to Feeding,” Dr. Panda’s research on how the liver responds to food so quickly through RNA-binding protein NONO is highlighted. Public.com also picked up on this research, where Dr. Panda states: “The switch from fasting to feeding is a very quick switch and our physiology has to adapt to it in the right time frame. Now we know how our body quickly handles that…


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AFAR Welcomes New Board Member Nathaniel David, Ph.D.

Feb 16
2018

AFAR Welcomes New Board Member Nathaniel David, Ph.D.

Nathaniel “Ned” David, Ph.D., a biochemist and biotech entrepreneur who co-founded UNITY Biotechnology and four other visionary biotech companies, has joined the AFAR’s Board of Directors. David co-founded UNITY in 2011 along with three of the leading researchers in the field of cellular senescence, including AFAR grantee Judith Campisi, Ph.D. David shares that he is honored to serve on AFAR’s Board of Directors, having seen firsthand the impact that the organization’s support for biomedical research makes: “Were it not for AFAR and its far-sighted vision going back three decades, UNITY…


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Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night

Feb 15
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night

On January 30th 2018, The New York Times highlighted the insights of 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D. In “Binge Eating at Night? Your Hormones May Be to Blame,” Dr. Panda explains that evening hunger may be due to “evolutionary adaptations that helped us get through the night.”  “For millions of years, our nighttime period was a time when we didn’t have access to food,” he continues, “and you also could not just get yourself food as soon as you woke up in the morning.…


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AFAR announces 2017 Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

Feb 12
2018

AFAR announces 2017 Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

AFAR and The Irene Diamond Fund proudly announce the recipients of the 2017 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging: -Sebastian Brandhorst, Dr. rer. nat., Research Associate, University of Southern California -Christina Camell, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Yale School of Medicine -Yejing Ge, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, The Rockefeller University -Geraldine Gontier, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco -Rizwan Qaisar, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation -Payel Sen, Ph.D., Research Associate, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania -Ming Xu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic Learn more about their awards…


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Grantees in the News: Hefland, Wood, and Schwer’s research on Sirt4 Gene and Fruit Flies’ Lifespan and Metabolism in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Feb 7
2018

Grantees in the News: Hefland, Wood, and Schwer’s research on Sirt4 Gene and Fruit Flies’ Lifespan and Metabolism in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

On January 29th 2018, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal published research co-authored by 2014 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award grantee Stephen Helfand, M.D.; 2008 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Bjoern Schwer, M.D., Ph.D.; and 2010 Biology of Aging and 2010 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellow Jason Wood, Ph.D.; Their research article “Sirt4 is a mitochondrial regulator of metabolism and lifespan in Drosophilia melanogaster” presents findings on the role of the Sirt4 gene in regulating lifespan and metabolism in fruit flies. In a related ScienceNewsline article, Dr. Wood states: "We show…


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