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AFAR in the News: AFAR whitepaper by S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan of 2020 candidates in JAMA Network

Sep 21
2019

AFAR in the News: AFAR whitepaper by S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan of 2020 candidates in JAMA Network

  On September 11, 2019, JAMA Network spotlighted the recent research-backed whitepaper by AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD,  arguing how healthspan matters more than age when considering a presidential candidate. Referencing the AFAR-published whitepaper, Longevity and Health of US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election, the article reinforces the whitepaper’s emphasis on healthspan, not chronological age.  “Given the candidates’ favorable health and longevity forecasts,” the article states, “‘there is reason to question whether age should be used at all in making judgments about prospective presidential candidates.’” Dr. Olshansky is on AFAR…


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Ask the Expert Interview: Nathan LeBrasseur on Sarcopenia, the protein Myostatin, and Exercise on Next Avenue

Sep 19
2019

Ask the Expert Interview: Nathan LeBrasseur on Sarcopenia, the protein Myostatin, and Exercise on Next Avenue

AFAR is excited to announce the latest addition to our “Ask the Expert” interview series. In this exclusive interview, AFAR expert Nathan LeBrasseur, PT, PhD lends his insights on sarcopenia, his research on the protein myostatin, and the benefits of exercise to prevent loss of muscle mass. 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 in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic. Read…


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Grantee in the News: Brian Kennedy on the health care crisis in Forbes

Sep 6
2019

Grantee in the News: Brian Kennedy on the health care crisis in Forbes

On August 30, 2019 Forbes featured insights from AFAR expert Brian Kennedy, PhD, on the challenge of an aging society. Dr. Kennedy positioned the health care needs of our aging population as the “climate change of healthcare,” as many of the solutions rest on changing peoples’ behavior by modifying diet and other lifestyle habits. Dr. Kennedy is a 2003 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and a 2008 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program awardee. He is also a Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Read the article, “Falling Life Expectancy Becoming The ‘Climate Change’…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME Trials & Metformin’s clinical impact in Healio’s Endocrine Today

Sep 6
2019

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on TAME Trials & Metformin’s clinical impact in Healio’s Endocrine Today

On August 30, 2019  Healio’s Endocrine Today featured the insights of AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD, on the goals and benefits of the upcoming TAME trials, which will evaluate metformin’s clinical impact. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, a 1994 AFAR Research Grant recipient, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, a 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner, the  Director at the Institute for Aging Research and distinguished Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Read the article, “Metformin may hold anti-aging promise to increase ‘health span…


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Board Member in the News: Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of 2020 candidates in ABC News, AP, NY Times, and more.

Sep 4
2019

Board Member in the News: Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of 2020 candidates in ABC News, AP, NY Times, and more.

On August 31, 2019 , the Associated Press featured insights from S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, in an article on the longevity and healthspan of the 2020 election candidates. The article cites his 2011 research , “Aging of US Presidents,” which  found that 23 of 34 presidents who had died of natural causes lived beyond the average life expectancy of men the same age when they were inaugurated. The AP feature has been picked up considerably nationwide, including such high profile outlets as ABC News and The New York Times. The article is inspired by Dr. Olshansky’s recent AFAR-published whitepaper, “Longevity and Health…


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