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Experts in the News: Thomas Perls and S. Jay Olshansky Explain Why Alternative Medicine Will Not Replace Research in Medscape

Jul 22
2019

Experts in the News: Thomas Perls and S. Jay Olshansky Explain Why Alternative Medicine Will Not Replace Research in Medscape

  On July 11, 2019, Medscape featured insights of AFAR experts Thomas Perls, MD, and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD in an article debunking alternative medicine promoted by Mr. Robert Ledda and Cenegenics Medical Institute. In the article, Dr. Perls and Olshansky defend research backed by clinical trials to disprove the alternative medicine Ledda promotes. The article also mentions the AFAR-managed TAME Trial as an example of future research that may provide the data often desired by those who seek out alternative medicine. Dr. Perls is a 1998 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award recipient. He is the Founder and Director of…


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Grantee in the News: Eric Lieberman Greer's research on Translational Epigenetic Inheritance of Longevity in PLOS Genetics

Jul 22
2019

Grantee in the News: Eric Lieberman Greer's research on Translational Epigenetic Inheritance of Longevity in PLOS Genetics

  On July 8, 2019, PLOS Genetics published research co-authored by Eric Lieberman Greer, PhD, on transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of longevity. Dr. Greer is a 2016 AFAR Research Grant recipient. This funding supported the published research. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Read the research, “The demethylase NMAD-1 regulates DNA replication and repair in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline,” here.


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Grantee in the News: Thomas Perl on Centenarian Research in TODAY

Jul 22
2019

Grantee in the News: Thomas Perl on Centenarian Research in TODAY

  On July 8, 2019, TODAY featured insights AFAR expert Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, FACP, in an article about Alelia Murphy, the oldest living American. Ms. Murphy turned 114 on July 6, 2019, and the article explores the phenomenon behind supercentenarians, or people who are 110 years old or older. Dr. Perl explains the behaviorial and lifestyle choices that influence living into your 80s and beyond. Dr. Perls is a 1998 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award recipient. He is the Founder and Director of the New England Centenarian Study and a Professor of Medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine. Read the…


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News from the Field: International Perspectives on Geroscience Meetings kick off in Shenzhen and San Francisco

Jul 17
2019

News from the Field: International Perspectives on Geroscience Meetings kick off in Shenzhen and San Francisco

  AFAR is pleased to help coordinate a series of International Perspectives on Geroscience Meetings, organized by the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging in collaboration with a range of institutional partners in host cities. A range of AFAR experts are presenting at the meetings and serving as co-chairs and lead organizers.   China The first meeting kicked off in Shenzhen, China from May 24-25, 2019 at the Marco Polo Hotel. Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee included AFAR experts Sean X. Leng, MD, PhD, and Brian Kennedy, PhD. Topics included principles of geroscience,…


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Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana explores the Health Benefits of Small Caloric Restrictions in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

Jul 15
2019

Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana explores the Health Benefits of Small Caloric Restrictions in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology

On July 11, 2019, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology published research coauthored by AFAR expert Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD, that suggests small caloric restrictions of approximately 300 calories per day in young and middle-aged individuals may lead to long-term health benefits. Dr. Fontana is a 2009 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award recipient and 2016 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. He is a Professor, Leonard P. Ullman Chair in Translational Metabolic Health, and Director of the Healthy Longevity Research and Clinical Program at the University of Sydney. Read the study, “2 years of calorie restriction and cardiometabolic risk (CALERIE): exploratory outcomes…


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