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Grantee in the News: Kristine Yaffe elected to The National Academy of Medicine

Nov 1
2019

Grantee in the News: Kristine Yaffe elected to The National Academy of Medicine

AFAR is pleased to announce that Kristine Yaffe, MD, was elected to the esteemed National Academy of Medicine (NAM) on October 21, 2019. New members are elected to NAM by current members through a process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health. NAM’s selection recognizes Dr. Yaffe’s her pioneering work in the epidemiology of dementia, and leadership in identifying modifiable risk factors that transformed the field of cognitive aging and revolutionized our concept of dementia prevention. Dr. Yaffe is a 2001 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders…


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Board Member in the News: Richard Besdine on when to see a geriatrician in Forbes

Nov 1
2019

Board Member in the News: Richard Besdine on when to see a geriatrician in Forbes

On October 25, 2019, Forbes featured the insights of AFAR expert Richard Besdine, MD, on when it is appropriate to seek out a geriatrician, and how clinicians can aid their patients in the process. Dr. Besdine is AFAR’s Medical Officer. He is also a Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Chief of Geriatrics for Lifespan, and first Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, as well as a Professor of Health Services Policy and Practice, and Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health…


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AFAR in the news: AFAR to provide scientific review support for the National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Awards

Oct 25
2019

AFAR in the news: AFAR to provide scientific review support for the National Academy of Medicine Catalyst Awards

On October 21, 2019, The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) announced the launch of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition. AFAR will collaborate with the NAM on the scientific review process of the Catalyst Awards in the United States. The Healthy Longevity Global Competition is a multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life. In the U.S, the NAM will issue up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year between 2020 and 2022, which will each include a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Innovator Summit. "AFAR is honored to contribute our expertise…


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Experts in the News: Stefania Maggi and Toby Smith research links Osteoarthritis and Social Isolation in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Oct 21
2019

Experts in the News: Stefania Maggi and Toby Smith research links Osteoarthritis and Social Isolation in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

On September 17, 2019, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published research co-authored by AFAR experts Stefania Maggi, PhD, and Toby Smith, PhD, which suggests that individuals with osteoarthritis may be at greater risk of social isolation. Dr. Maggi is an AFAR board member, the Research Director of the CNR Aging Brach-Institute of Neuroscience in Padua, the Director of the CNR Project on Aging, and the Academic Director and Past-President of the European Geriatric Medicine Society. Dr. Smith is a 2002 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) recipient, and is the Senior Research in Rehabilitation at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics,…


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Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai and S. Jay Olshansky on positive impact  of older  2020 presidential candidates in NBC News THINK

Oct 17
2019

Board Members in the News: Nir Barzilai and S. Jay Olshansky on positive impact of older 2020 presidential candidates in NBC News THINK

On October 11, 2019, NBC News THINK published an opinion piece co-authored by AFAR experts Nir Barzilai, MD, and S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, on why health matter more than age when considering a presidential candidate, citing the research-backed AFAR whitepaper by Dr. Olshansky. The experts argue that older candidates reflect a positive societal shift as more Americans are living healthier for longer. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, a 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner,…


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