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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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Grantees in the News: New York Times article on Supercentenarian DNA sites several AFAR experts

Nov 16
2017

Grantees in the News: New York Times article on Supercentenarian DNA sites several AFAR experts

On November 13, 2017, The New York Times highlighted 1998 Beeson Scholar Thomas T. Perls, MD, MPH, FACP in a feature exploring the role of genetic in the healthspan of “Supercentenarians.” The article, “The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us”, highlighted Dr. Perl’s research with centerarian DNA and the New England Centenarian Study. The article also links to related research by a range of AFAR experts including: --A study co-authored by Dr. Perls with AFAR Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD in The Journal of Gerontology --A Science…


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Grantee in the News: Joanne Turner appointed VP for Research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Nov 14
2017

Grantee in the News: Joanne Turner appointed VP for Research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute

  AFAR congratulates 2010 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award recipient Joanne Turner, PhD on her recent appointment as Vice President for Research at Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Dr. Turner is a preeminent scientist in tuberculosis (TB) research and the immune system in older patients Read more about Dr. Turner’s research and recent appointment here.  


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Grantee in the News: Jeremy Walston, MD advances research on gel to treat older patients' skin wounds.

Nov 14
2017

Grantee in the News: Jeremy Walston, MD advances research on gel to treat older patients' skin wounds.

On November 1, 2017, Science Daily reported on research co-authored by 1998 Beeson Scholar Jeremy D. Walston, MD on a gel with potential to heal often untreatable skin wounds common to diabetics and older patients. Dr. Walston co-authored the findings, published originally in the October 16 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Through this research, the team seeks approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the gel application in treatment-resistant skin wounds among diabetics and others, particularly older adults. Read the Science Daily story here. The original research in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology is available by subscription-only,…


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Board Member in the News: Steve Austad’s latest HuffPo column on Circadian Clocks and Longevity

Nov 2
2017

Board Member in the News: Steve Austad’s latest HuffPo column on Circadian Clocks and Longevity

On November 2, 2017, Huffington Post published the latest column by AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD exploring research on circadian clocks and longevity. In "Clocks, Flies, and The Nobel Prize," Dr. Austad expands on the recent 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research on flies; sleeping patterns or circadian clock by applying this to the relationship between sleep, diet, neurological disease, and longevity. Dr. Austad also notes related research led by AFAR-affiliated experts including: Studies on short-term fasts by Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research winners and grantees Valter Longo, PhD and Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD …


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