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Grantees in the News: Nancy Dennis on memory, aging, and the brain—in real time

Aug 21
2013

Grantees in the News: Nancy Dennis on memory, aging, and the brain—in real time

On August 21, Penn State News profiled former AFAR grantee Nancy Dennis, PhD and her research in memory and the aging brain. While most children remember the details of any given event with ease, aging adults find it more difficult. Dr. Dennis’s research, funded by AFAR, uses functional MRI technology to analyze the parts of the brain activated during memory in real-time—and how those change as we age. Dr. Dennis was a 2010 recipient of an AFAR Biology of Aging award. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. Read more about her AFAR…


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AFAR responds to New York Times Op Ed on recent Pew Research study

Aug 13
2013

AFAR responds to New York Times Op Ed on recent Pew Research study

On August 7, the New York Times published an Op Ed reflecting on a recent study by the Pew Research Center that asked Americans whether or not they would like to live to be 120-years-old. The following is a letter written by AFAR President, Dr. Roger McCarter, addressing the study and media representations of aging research: Americans are indeed, as the recent NY Times Op Ed article revealed, sharply divided and perhaps confused on the subject of dramatically extending human lifespan. This confusion is due to the lack of understanding of a field that seeks to alleviate pain and…


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Grantees in the News: Former AFAR grantee Subhojit Roy on why not everyone gets Alzheimer’s disease

Aug 11
2013

Grantees in the News: Former AFAR grantee Subhojit Roy on why not everyone gets Alzheimer’s disease

If everyone has the pieces in place to develop Alzheimer’s, then why do only some individuals end up with the disease? Former grantee Subhojit Roy, M.D., Ph.D., addressed this question in an article published last week in the journal Neuron. The Huffington Post covered the story on August 11, noting,  “While the exact cause of Alzheimer's is still not completely understood, it's generally observed that people with the condition have a buildup of plaques called amyloid-beta in their brains, as well as tangles of tau protein in inside neurons.” This study…


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Dr. Richard Besdine, MD:

Aug 05
2013

Dr. Richard Besdine, MD: "We need to talk about urinary incontinence"

Dr. Richard Besdine tears down the wall of secrecy surrounding urinary incontinence in this Huffington Post article, the most recent in his series of blog posts for Huffington Post Healthy Living, published August 5. Dr. Besdine lays out the reasons that older adults avoid seeking care for urinary incontinence—mainly shame or embarrassment—and highlights the steps doctors can and should take to eliminate the condition altogether.  AFAR grant winner Catherine DuBeau, MD, also contributes. This is the thirteenth post in Dr. Besdine’s series on health care and aging on the Huffington Post Healthy Living site.…


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Grantees in the News: Kristine Yaffe, MD, publishes study linking anemia to dementia

Aug 01
2013

Grantees in the News: Kristine Yaffe, MD, publishes study linking anemia to dementia

Former Beeson scholar Kristine Yaffe was the senior researcher on a study just published in the online journal Neurology, and covered in the New York Times Well blog. The study, which linked anemia to an increased risk for dementia, followed 2,552 healthy men and women for eleven years, “recording their red blood cell count and administering tests of mental functioning at regular intervals.” It concludes that after adjusting for various factors, participants that were anemic at the beginning of the study had a 49 percent increased risk for dementia by the end of the research period. Dr. Yaffe is a…


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AFAR profiled in July 2013 issue of “International Innovation

Aug 01
2013

AFAR profiled in July 2013 issue of “International Innovation"

International Innovation magazine, the leading global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities, spotlights AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman in their July 2013 Issue. Lederman discusses how AFAR-funded biomedical research and programming is impacting the aging Baby Boomer population. Read the full interview here.


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