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Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi research on the role of Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdowns in Alzheimer’s in Advanced Science

Aug 14
2019

Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi research on the role of Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdowns in Alzheimer’s in Advanced Science

On August 12, 2019, Advanced Science published research co-authored by AFAR board member Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, on the role of blood-brain barrier breakdowns in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Tanzi is the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, and a Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Read the study, “Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in a 3D In Vitro Model of Alzheimer’s Disease,” here.


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Grantee in the News: Kenneth Langa on PET scans effectiveness in The New York Times

Aug 14
2019

Grantee in the News: Kenneth Langa on PET scans effectiveness in The New York Times

On August, 2, 2019, The New York Times featured the insights of AFAR expert Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD, on the effectiveness of PET scans. The article also links to recent research co-authored by Dr. Langa in JAMA Internal Medicine on the rate of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Langa is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. He is also a Professor of Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Read the New York Times article, “A Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer’s. Should You Get One?…


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AFAR in the News: AFAR experts explore “Taming the Diseases of Aging” in Moonshot Catalog on Medium

Aug 6
2019

AFAR in the News: AFAR experts explore “Taming the Diseases of Aging” in Moonshot Catalog on Medium

  On July 8, 2019, Medium featured the insights of several AFAR experts in a special feature,  “Taming the Diseases of Aging.” The article anchors The Moonshot Catalog, a communications project funded by the philanthropic organization Schmidt Futures in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Significantly, The Moonshot Catalog selected healthy aging as one of its “ambitious but doable science- and technology-anchored challenges whose realization would do a lot of good for a lot of people.” The article emphasizes how geroscience research can transform how we can live healthier for  longer,…


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Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates: New White Paper by AFAR Board Member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD

Jul 26
2019

Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates: New White Paper by AFAR Board Member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD

    AFAR is pleased to release the white paper, Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election. AFAR board member S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., is lead author of the white paper, which summarizes the first-ever scientific study estimating the longevity and survival probabilities of U.S. presidential candidates in the 2020 election. Olshansky, a leading researcher on aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and his colleagues used data from national vital statistics to estimate lifespan, healthspan, disabled lifespan, and four- and eight-year survival probabilities for U.S. citizens with attributes…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad’s latest PBS Next Avenue Column, “What Space Flight Teaches Us About Aging

Jul 26
2019

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad’s latest PBS Next Avenue Column, “What Space Flight Teaches Us About Aging"

  On July 24, 2019, Next Avenue published the latest column by AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD. In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Dr. Austad explains what we have learned about aging by studying older astronauts. The article also references the 1998 mission by late AFAR Board Member John Glenn. In addition to serving as AFAR’s Scientific Director, Dr. Austad is 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…


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