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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of candidates in The Washington Post

Mar 6
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of candidates in The Washington Post

On March 4, The Washington Post featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on how better education, wealth, and top-notch medical care impact the longevity of the presidential candidates. The article highlights Dr. Olshansky’s AFAR-published whitepaper, “Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election,” which explains why healthspan – not chronological age – matters most when analyzing the presidential candidates. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a…


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the importance of candidate healthspan in Bloomberg Opinion

Feb 28
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the importance of candidate healthspan in Bloomberg Opinion

On February 25, Bloomberg Opinion featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on the importance of healthspan and not chronological age when discussing the presidential candidates. The article also cites Dr. Olshansky’s recent AFAR-published whitepaper on this topic. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Chief Scientist at…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post

Feb 26
2020

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post

On February 24, The Washington Post featured insights from AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD, on the importance of biological age as opposed to chronological age when looking at the 2020 presidential candidate field. The recent AFAR-published whitepaper, Longevity and Health of US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election, by board member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, supports Dr. Barzilai’s statements. In the whitepaper, Dr. Olshansky emphasizes the importance of assessing healthspan-- not chronological age—when considering a presidential candidate’s fitness. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior…


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Experts in the News: Valter Longo and Satchidananda Panda’s research on the benefits of caloric restriction highlighted in Medium elemental

Feb 26
2020

Experts in the News: Valter Longo and Satchidananda Panda’s research on the benefits of caloric restriction highlighted in Medium elemental

On January 13, elemental highlighted research from AFAR experts Valter Longo, PhD, and Satchidananda Panda, PhD, in an overview history of caloric restriction and intermittent fasting, which can improve healthspan and lower the risk of age-related diseases. Dr. Longo is a 1998 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, as well as a 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Leonard Davis School at the University of Southern California. Dr. Panda is a 2014 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) fellow, as…


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on supercentenarian Jeanne Calment in The New Yorker

Feb 25
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on supercentenarian Jeanne Calment in The New Yorker

On February 10, 2020, The New Yorker featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on the controversial research surrounding the age of supercentenarian Jeanne Calment, who holds the record of oldest human lifespan to date. Regarding the research in question, Dr. Olshansky said, “I did not find the paper to be of a very high quality. If I were the editor, I would not have accepted it.” Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago,…


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