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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on presidential candidate’s healthspan in The Washington Post

Jan 2
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on presidential candidate’s healthspan in The Washington Post

On December 17, 2019, The Washington Post featured insights by AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on Joe Biden’s recent three page health summary, and why the candidate’s workout regimen is a sign of his good health. Dr. Olshansky’s recent AFAR-published whitepaper, Longevity and Health of US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election, emphasizes the importance of assessing healthspan-- not chronological age—when considering a presidential candidate’s fitness. 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…


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Six articles in the new Geroscience issue of Public Policy & Aging Report authored by AFAR experts

Dec 23
2019

Six articles in the new Geroscience issue of Public Policy & Aging Report authored by AFAR experts

  Six AFAR experts contributed articles to Volume 29, Issue 4 of the Public Policy & Aging Report, now available online. In the special issue, “Is Aging Still a Disease? Perspectives from Geroscience”, the AFAR-affiliated authors demonstrate that through interventions that impact the aging process itself, rather than through a focus on individual diseases, the scientific community can achieve a greater impact on both life and health expectancies. The experts argue that aging itself is not a disease, but rather is the biggest risk factor for a wide range of chronic diseases. This is a central tenet of the emerging…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on Centenarian research, Geroscience, and more on Norma Kamali podcast

Dec 23
2019

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on Centenarian research, Geroscience, and more on Norma Kamali podcast

On November 27, 2019, Normalife!—the podcast of legendary fashion designer Norma Kamali—featured AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD. Dr. Barzilai shared a wide range of insights on the biology of aging and his research projects including Centenarian studies. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s 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, and 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner. He is also theDirector at the Institute for Aging Research and distinguished Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Listen to…


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Experts in the News: Yuji Ikeno co-authors research on why visceral fat increases with age in Cell Metabolism

Dec 18
2019

Experts in the News: Yuji Ikeno co-authors research on why visceral fat increases with age in Cell Metabolism

On December 5, 2019, Cell Metabolism published research co-authored by AFAR expert Yuji Ikeno, MD, PhD. The study explroes why visceral fat increases with age and points to new treatment possibilities for improving metabolic health. Dr. Ikeno is a 2000 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient. He is also a Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. Read the research, “Aging Induces an NIrp3 Inflammasome-Dependent Expansion of Adipose B Cells That Impairs Metabolic Homeostasis”, here. Read a summary of the research, “Research Brief: Study shows why visceral fat increases with…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad on how telomeres length in Medium’s One Zone

Dec 18
2019

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad on how telomeres length in Medium’s One Zone

On December 5, 2019, Medium.com’s OneZero featured insights from AFAR expert Steven N. Austad, PhD, in an article on “anti-aging” treatments claiming to lengthen telomeres to increase healthspan. Dr. Austad explains how is no research-based evidence that lengthening telomeres can increase healthspan. Dr. Austad is AFAR’s Scientific Director. He is also a distinguished professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as Co Principle-Investigator of the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging Coordinating Center. Read the article, “Scientists Dodge FDA…


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