AFAR at the 92nd Street Y
On March 1, three AFAR experts—board members James Kirkland, MD, PhD; S. Jay Olshansky, PhD; and Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, PhDparticipated in a lively panel, “The Long Life: Genius or Nightmare” with Ezekial   Emmanuel, MD, PhD, at the 92nd Street Y as part the “Seven Days of Genius” series. Thank you to AFAR supporters who attended. Watch a video of the discussion here.
Global Health and Aging 
In January, AFAR launched a new initiative for graduate students in the New York area, the Clarence Pearson Internship in Global Health and Aging, named after our late board member in honor of his tremendous dedication to aging across sectors and around the world. The inaugural intern, Stephane LaBoisserie, is an MPH candidate at Columbia University who will research existing organizations and opportunities that support aging worldwide. Applications for the Fall 2015 internship are due June 8, 2015. For more information, please click here.
Gauging Aging  |  Report on Public Perception of Aging
AFAR and seven of the nation’s leading aging-focused organizationsAARP, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, Grantmakers in Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aginghave formed an unprecedented partnership to create a better public understanding of older adults’ needs and contributions to society. The coalition's first project is the report Gauging Aging, which reveals key obstacles to the public’s ability to access and apply expert perspectives in thinking about adult aging.  Based on indepth interviews with a cross section of Americans, the report has been created by the award-winning Frameworks Institute. Download the report here or explore an interactive version here.
Grantee Spotlight Interviews
AFAR asked our 2014 grantees inspired what them to enter the field of aging research and what impact they hope their research will make. In this issue, we feature interviews with 2014 grantees Christin Burd, Fabio Demontis, Henri Jasper, and Satchin Panda. Read the interviews in our blog here.
2015 Grantee Conference | June 1-3
On June 1-3, AFAR’s recent grant recipients and experts in the fields of geriatrics and gerontology will convene for our 28th annual Grantee Conference in Santa Barbara, California. This year's conference will also celebrate the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research's 50th anniversary and will include a special workshop jointly produced with Glenn Foundation to explore the field’s accomplishments. For more information on this year's conference click here and visit here for highlights from the 2014 conference. 
Wall Street Journal highlights Targeting Aging with Metformin Study
AFAR and several of our experts were featured in a March 17 Wall Street Journal article, To Grow Old Without Disease.” Prominently featured on the cover of the Personal Journal section, the article examines the Targeting Aging with Metformin or “TAME” trial, which AFAR has helped plan and fund, and cites project leader and AFAR Deputy Scientific Director, Dr. Nir Barzilai as well as AFAR Board Members Dr. James Kirkland and Dr. S. Jay Olshansky.
Richard Besdine on Elder Abuse in Huffington Post
In his latest 
Huffington Post blog, AFAR Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, MD, draws attention to the relationship between elder abuse and health, particularly as a concern for geriatric professionals and personal caregivers. The article also includes insights from Board Member and 1995 Beeson Scholar Dr. Mark Lachs2013/2014 COE Scholar Dr. Lidia Vognar, and 2008 Beeson Scholar Dr. XinQi Dong.
Seven AFAR experts featured in TIME's longevity issue
Focusing on longevity research, TIME Magazine’s February 23 issue cited seven AFAR experts across several stories: 2000 Research Grant Recipient David Sinclair, PhD; 1985 Research Grant Recipient Richard Miller, MD, PhD; 1993 Research Grant Recipient, Felipe Sierra, PhD;  two-time Grantee Dena Dubal, MD, PhD; 1998 Beeson Scholar Tomas Perls, MD, PhD; 1998 Research Grant Recipient and 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research Recipient, Valter Longo, PhD; and AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD. The articles can be viewed online with a subscription to TIME.
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