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Grantee in the News: Andrea Soranno co-authors AFAR-funded research that develops stickers-and-spacers models to read protein properties in Science

Feb 10
2020

Grantee in the News: Andrea Soranno co-authors AFAR-funded research that develops stickers-and-spacers models to read protein properties in Science

On February 7, 2020, Science published research co-authored by AFAR expert Andrea Sorrano, PhD, that developed new stickers-and-spacer models to analyze protein clumps that appear as a result of an abnormality in the process of liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS). Dr. Sorrano is a 2018 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease recipient, as well as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Washington University in St. Louis. The research was funded in part by Dr. Sorrano’s New Investigator’s Award. Read the research, “Valence and patterning of aromatic residues determine the phase behavior of prion-like domains,…


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Experts in the News: Ned David and Nathan LeBrasseur on the removing senescent cells to expand healthspan on The Today Show

Feb 6
2020

Experts in the News: Ned David and Nathan LeBrasseur on the removing senescent cells to expand healthspan on The Today Show

On February 2, 2020, The Today Show featured insights from AFAR experts Nathaniel “Ned” David, PhD, and Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD, MS, on how removing senescent “zombie” cells can improve the effects of aging and increase healthspan and longevity. Dr. David is an AFAR board member and a 2017 Honorary Leadership Award recipient. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Unity Biotechnology. Dr. LeBrasseur is a 2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, and a 2019 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient.  He is also a Consultant, Professor, and Co-Chair of Research…


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Grantees in the News: Natan Basisty and Judith Campisi new research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence with SASP Atlas in PLOS Biology

Feb 6
2020

Grantees in the News: Natan Basisty and Judith Campisi new research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence with SASP Atlas in PLOS Biology

On January 16, 2020, PLOS Biology published new research from AFAR experts Natan Basisty, PhD, and Judith Campisi, PhD, that provides a comprehensive proteomic database of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP), for which they created the “SASP Atlas.” Their research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence that overlap with aging markers in human plasma. Dr. Basisty is a 2015 Diana Jacobs Kalman/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Schilling Lab at the Buck Institute. Dr. Campisi is a 1990 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and a 2002 Irving S. Wright Award recipient.…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad’s latest PBS Next Avenue Column, “Aging Secrets in the Blood”

Jan 23
2020

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad’s latest PBS Next Avenue Column, “Aging Secrets in the Blood”

On January 22, 2020, Next Avenue published the latest column by AFAR Senior Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD. Dr. Austad’s article explores various “biological clocks,” including how studies showing how our blood can be used to calculate biological age. One recent study by several AFAR experts highlights the potential use of plasma proteins, while additional research suggests that the DNA in white blood cells can reveal our biological calendars. In addition to serving as AFAR’s Scientific Director, Dr. Austad is a distinguished professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama…


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Experts in the News: May Hua and R. Sean Morrison AFAR-funded research on how palliative care can reduce the need for intensive care units in JAMA Network Open

Jan 14
2020

Experts in the News: May Hua and R. Sean Morrison AFAR-funded research on how palliative care can reduce the need for intensive care units in JAMA Network Open

On January 8, 2020, JAMA Network Open published new AFAR-funded research by AFAR experts May Hua, MD, MSc, and R. Sean Morrison, MD that found that implementing hospital-based palliative care services in New York State reduces treatment intensity at the end of life for hospitalized patients. Dr. Hua is a 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, as well as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology (In Epidemiology) at the Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Morrison is a 2000 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. He is also an Ellen and Howard C. Katz…


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