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Grantee in the News: Thomas Perls Reveals Older Mom’s May Have Genes for Longevity

Jun 26
2014

Grantee in the News: Thomas Perls Reveals Older Mom’s May Have Genes for Longevity

On June 25, 2014, the Washington Post reported on a data analysis, performed by 1998 Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Scholar Thomas Perls, which found that the genes that allow some women to naturally have children later in life may also be linked to longevity. By examining the medical records of 462 women who took part in the Long Life Family Study, Dr. Perls found women who had their last child after 33 had twice the odds of living to 95 than women who stopped having children after 29. Thomas Perls, MD, MPA, is a Professor of Geriatrics at Boston University School…


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Grantee in the News: Sean Curran Finds Genetic Condition the Affects Worms Response to Diet

Jun 20
2014

Grantee in the News: Sean Curran Finds Genetic Condition the Affects Worms Response to Diet

On June 1, 2014, The Scientist highlighted new research from 2009 Glenn/AFAR Research in the Biology of Aging and 2013 AFAR Research Grant Awardee, Sean Curran, PhD, on the effect of diet on the lifespan of mutant C. elegans worms. Dr. Curran and his partner found that mutant worms with dysfunctional alh-6, which encodes a mitochondrial enzyme that converts P5C to glutamate, processed some diets more efficiently than others.  The researchers uncovered that mutant worms that experienced shorted longevity with an OP5O diet, lived normal lifespans on a HT115 E.coli diet. By illustrating how gene&rsquo…


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Board Member in the News: AFAR’s President Harvey Jay Cohen’s Interview in International Innovations

Jun 20
2014

Board Member in the News: AFAR’s President Harvey Jay Cohen’s Interview in International Innovations

Now online!  International Innovations  journal featured a three page interview with newly elected AFAR President Harvey Jay Cohen.  In addition to discussing AFAR’s programs and sharing insights into the state of aging researcher, Dr. Cohen shed light on the concept of geroscience and spoke about his work researching aging and cancer. An excerpt from the interview can be read here.  Harvey Jay Cohen, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and the Director of Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development in the Department of Medicine at Duke University. For more information about…


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2014 AFAR Scientific Conferences

Jun 18
2014

2014 AFAR Scientific Conferences

From June 1 through 5, AFAR convened three scientific meetings in Santa Barbara, California. Over fifty AFAR grantees assembled to report on their AFAR-supported research, and senior investigators from top institutions nationwide shared insights on emerging directions in the field. First, AFAR hosted the New Investigators In Alzheimer’s Disease Grantee Meeting, sponsored by the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. Grantees from 2007 to the present shared their current research through fast 5 minute “Data Blitz” presentations--the academic equivalent of speed dating--and Kristine Yaffe, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics…


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AFAR in the News: Article on Naked Mole Rats Features Board Member and 2 Grantees

Jun 18
2014

AFAR in the News: Article on Naked Mole Rats Features Board Member and 2 Grantees

On June 16, 2014 Vox’s long form article on the longevity of naked mole rats sited AFAR Board Member S. Jay Olshansky as an expert in aging research and elaborated on the research of 2006 AFAR Research Award Recipient Vera Gorbunova and 2009 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Awardee, Rochelle Buffenstein. With lifespans of up to 30 years, naked mole rats live up to six times longer than other similar sized rodents.  New research by grantee Dr. Gorbunova and her partner found that the barrier of a sugar called hyaluronan, which sits as goo between cells, helps to limit cell division…


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