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Experts in the News: Rudy Tanzi and Wilma Wasco research suggests ATXN1 can be used to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in Cell

Aug 29
2019

Experts in the News: Rudy Tanzi and Wilma Wasco research suggests ATXN1 can be used to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in Cell

On August 22, Cell published research co-authored by AFAR experts Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, and AFAR expert Wilma Wasco, PhD, on how the gene ATXN1 can regulate the behavior of the enzyme ataxin-1 and decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery may help to identify new targets for experimental medications designed to delay or stop the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Tanzi is a member of AFAR’s Board of Directors. He is also the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, and a Joseph P. and…


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Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana on impact of diet and exercise on healthy aging in ABC News Australia

Aug 29
2019

Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana on impact of diet and exercise on healthy aging in ABC News Australia

On August 16, ABC News Australia featured AFAR expert Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD, where he provides his insights on the benefits of caloric restrictions and exercise. Dr. Fontana is a 2009 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient as well as a 2016 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also a Research Professor of geriatrics and nutritional science at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Read the interview, ”The secret to healthy ageing: Diet, exercise, and a crash course in cell biology,” here.


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Grantees in the News: Kapahi and Killiea research on unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels in PLOS Genetics

Aug 29
2019

Grantees in the News: Kapahi and Killiea research on unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels in PLOS Genetics

On August 15, PLOS Genetics published research co-authored by AFAR experts Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, and David Killilea, PhD that determined previously unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels and associated pathologies such as gout or UA kidney stones, with the potential additional benefit of extending human healthspan. Dr. Kapahi is a 2001 Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging recipient, a 2006 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient, and a 2011 Ellison/AFAR Julie Martin Midcareer Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also a Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at the University…


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling interview on the NeurologyLive Mind Moments Podcast

Aug 22
2019

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling interview on the NeurologyLive Mind Moments Podcast

On August 19, the NeurologyLive Mind Moments podcast featured an interview with AFAR expert Reisa A. Sperling, MD, where she shares her insights on the amyloid hypothesis and the future of Alzheimer’s disease research focused on early detection and intervention. Dr. Sperling is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. She is also the Co-Investigator of Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Catalyst. Listen to the podcast, &ldquo…


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Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han research on financial elder abuse in Science Daily and JAGS

Aug 22
2019

Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han research on financial elder abuse in Science Daily and JAGS

On August 15, 2019, Science Daily reported on research co-authored by AFAR expert S. Duke Han, PhD that analyzes financial elder abuse as well as elder abuse resource call statistics. The research was recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology on July 31. Dr. Han is a 2012 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. He is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Read the Science Daily feature, “Financial abuse of older adults by family members more common than scams by strangers,” here. Read…


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