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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai receives $6.3 mill NIH Alzheimer's grant

Nov 20
2017

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai receives $6.3 mill NIH Alzheimer's grant

AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD and his team at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have received a $6.3 million grant from the National Insitutes of Health (NIH) to identify networks of genes in healthy centenarians that protect them against dementia. The results could help identify new targets for drugs to treat Alzheimer's. Notes Dr. Barzilai: "Aging is the number one risk factor for Alzheimer's, but there are individuals with extraordinary longevity--95 years or older--who have a natural resistance to dementia. We hope to unlock the secrets in their genomes to reveal promising targets for drug…


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Board Member in the News: Thomas Rando latest research on muscle stem cell in Cell Reports

Nov 20
2017

Board Member in the News: Thomas Rando latest research on muscle stem cell in Cell Reports

On November 14,2017, MedicalXpress reported on research authored by Board Member and two time grantee Thomas Rando, MD, PhD in the November 14 issue of Cell Reports on muscle stem cells. In the article, “Stem cells express genes differently in the lab dish than in the body, study finds”, MedicalXPress notes: The research suggests that any conclusions about stem cell function based on studies of isolated stem cells may now need to be reconsidered in light of the fact that the cells' biology changes during isolation. The results confirmed what previous research in Rando's laboratory has shown: Despite their…


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AFAR and The Gilbert Foundation announce three, 2017 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Nov 17
2017

AFAR and The Gilbert Foundation announce three, 2017 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

AFAR and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation proudly announce the recipients of the 2017 New Investigator Awards in Alzhiemer's Disease: - Congcong He, PhD, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University.  - Arieh Moussaieff, PhD, Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hsiao-Ying Wey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School Learn more about their awards in related press releases here. The New Investigator program is funded by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and provides three early-career researchers with up to $100,000 each to conduct scientific investigations leading to improved methods of prevention, diagnosis…


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AFAR and Arthritis National Research Foundation award 2017 Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Nov 17
2017

AFAR and Arthritis National Research Foundation award 2017 Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

The collaboratively funded Arthritis and Aging Research Grant has been awarded to Brian Diekman, PhD of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 2017. Since 2012, AFAR and the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), the only charity solely focused on funding arthritis research to cure arthritis, have been partners to support arthritis projects that are related to the age-related processes. Through the $100,000 ANRF/AFAR grant, Dr. Diekman--an Assistant Professor at the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University--will research cellular senescence as a driver and therapeutic…


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Grantees in the News: Thomas Robinson and Jeremy Walston on testing frailty before surgery in NY Times

Nov 16
2017

Grantees in the News: Thomas Robinson and Jeremy Walston on testing frailty before surgery in NY Times

  On October 27, 2017, The New York Times spotlighted Beeson Scholars Thomas Robinson, MD (2010) and Jeremy D. Walston, MD (1998) in a feature exploring how surgeons are now assessing older patients frailty to assess likelihood of recooperation and survival from procedures. The article, “One Last Question Before the Operation: Just How Frail Are You?” notes: But about 15 percent of the older population, excluding nursing home residents, meets the criteria for frailty, rising to more than a third of those over age 85. “There’s a much higher prevalence in the Deep South and among African Americans,” said Dr.…


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