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Board Member in the News: Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai featured in Daily News Centenarian Story

May 23
2014

Board Member in the News: Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai featured in Daily News Centenarian Story

On May 19, 2014, a Daily News article on centenarians in NYC quoted AFAR Deputy Scientific Director, and, 1997 Beeson Scholar and 1994 AFAR Research Grant recipient, Nir Barzilai, MD, for his expertise with this unique age group. Dr. Barzilai, who has extensively studied over 500 older adults between the ages of 95 and 112, stated, “I don’t think you can get to age 100 without extra help from biology and genetics.  We age at different rates. You see people who look ten years younger or older than their age. Those who are 100 years old, their aging is slowed the most.” …


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Grantee in the News: Duke Han Connects Financial Literacy with Brain Functionality

May 21
2014

Grantee in the News: Duke Han Connects Financial Literacy with Brain Functionality

On May 16, 2014, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics published new research from 2012 Beeson Scholar Duke Han, PhD. Dr. Han’s study looked at the relation between financial literacy, ability to access and utilize financial information in ways that promote better outcomes, and brain function in older adults. Dr. Han and his team found that financial literacy is positively associated with functional connectivity between posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) and three brain regions. This study is significant because it takes a holistic look at how decreases in brain functionality effect older adults. Duke Han, PhD, is an associate professor of…


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Industry News: AFAR Grantees and Board Member Honored at 2014 AGS Conference

May 15
2014

Industry News: AFAR Grantees and Board Member Honored at 2014 AGS Conference

From May 15-17, 2014 the American Geriatric Society will hold its annual awards, celebrating researchers, clinicians, educators, and trainees who have made outstanding contributions to advancing the care of older adults.  This year the awards will be held in Orlando, FL. AFAR is thrilled to announce that five our grantees are among the awardees!  The honorees include: XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Rush Medical College and a 2008 Beeson Scholar, will be receiving the award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation. 2013 MSTAR Scholars and medical students Julie Thai of Michigan State University…


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Grantee in the News:  Brad Sutton’s Motor Skills Research in Neurolmage

May 13
2014

Grantee in the News: Brad Sutton’s Motor Skills Research in Neurolmage

On May 9th, 2014 Neurolmage Journal published new research from Brad Sutton, PhD, a 2010 AFAR Research Grant recipient. Dr. Sutton’s research looks at changes in the brain that accompany age related decline in fine motor skills. By using a technique known as diffusion tensor imaging, Dr. Sutton was able to identify and assess age-related changes in the structural integrity of the neural pathways that are important for muscles involved in controlling the fingers, lips, and tongue. Dr. Sutton’s finding indicates differences in the ability to maintain fine muscle control with age is not uniform across…


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Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar Dena Dubal Yields Big Results

May 09
2014

Grantee in the News: Beeson Scholar Dena Dubal Yields Big Results

On May 9, 2014 Cell Reports released the results of Dena Dubal, MD, PhD’s, study on a gene associated with long life and Lennart Mucke, MD, winner of a 2013 MetLife Foundation Award, administered by AFAR.  This study was made possible in part by Dr. Dubal’s 2009 Paul Beeson Career Development Award from AFAR. Dr. Dubal, Dr. Mucke and the rest of their team found that KL-VS, a variant of the KLOTHO gene already associated with longevity, helped carriers perform better on cognitive tests throughout their lifespan.  Additional tests performed on mice showed that KLOTHO strengthens the…


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Grantee in the News: Thomas Rando’s Early Research Paves the Way for Potentially Major Developments

May 07
2014

Grantee in the News: Thomas Rando’s Early Research Paves the Way for Potentially Major Developments

On May 4th, 2014 the New York Times profiled two-time grantee, Dr. Thomas Rando, whose research has helped pave the way for studying the link between young blood and slowed aging. Based on Dr. Rando’s work and other subsequent studies, scientists have found that blood from young mice helps to reverse aging in older mice though a protein known as GDF11.  Researchers believe that GDF11 slows aging by sending messages to stem cells which are vital to tissue repair. The discovery of a human version of GDF11 could lead to treatments for disorders like Alzheimer’s…


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Upcoming Industry Event: AFAR Board Members to Present at NY Academy of Sciences Symposium

May 02
2014

Upcoming Industry Event: AFAR Board Members to Present at NY Academy of Sciences Symposium

On May 9th, 2014 AFAR board members Kevin Lee, PhD, and Nir Barzilai, MD, will present at the New York Academy of Sciences’ simultaneous one-day conference and webinar entitled “The Biology of Aging: Novel Drugs Targets for Neurodegenerative Diseases.”  The event has two primary focuses: basic biology of aging-related pathways and drug development programs for neurodegenerative disease such a as Alzheimer’s disease. Event: The New York Academy of Sciences conference and webinar on “The Biology of Aging: Novel Drug Targets for Neurodegenerative Disease” Date: May 9, 2014 Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Location: Online or The…


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