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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Leads Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

Mar 27
2015

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling Leads Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial

On March 27th, 2015, The Boston Globe reported on a new clinical trial led by 2003 Beeson Scholar Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSc, to test a drug that may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In the trial, researchers will test whether a drug, referred to as A4, can prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people who have no symptoms but are at risk. Dr. Sperling is looking to recruit 1,000 adults between the ages of 65-85, particularly people of color. Reisa Sperling, MD, MMSc, is the Director, Center for Alzheimer's Research and Treatment & Co-Director, Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer'…


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AFAR in the News: Wall Street Journal article spotlights AFAR-supported “TAME” study

Mar 17
2015

AFAR in the News: Wall Street Journal article spotlights AFAR-supported “TAME” study

On March 17, 2015, AFAR and several of our experts were  featured in a 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. The goal of the project is to implement a clinical study testing metformin, an FDA approved drug that researchers’…


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Board Member in the News: Medical Officer Richard Besdine’s latest Column explores Elder Abuse

Mar 17
2015

Board Member in the News: Medical Officer Richard Besdine’s latest Column explores Elder Abuse

In his latest Huffington Post blog, AFAR Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, M.D., draws attention to the relationship between elder abuse and health, particularly as a concern for geriatric professionals and personal caregivers. Defining elder abuse as “the physical, psychological or sexual harm, neglect (self-neglect or by a caregiver) or financial exploitation of vulnerable older people,”  Dr. Besdine states “that elder abuse has devastating and far-reaching health consequences, and triples the risk of premature death, compared to a group of older adults with similar medical problems…” The article also includes insights from Board…


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Grantee in the News: Changiz Geula finds Alzheimer’s Related Brain Plaque Build-Up in Young Adults

Mar 04
2015

Grantee in the News: Changiz Geula finds Alzheimer’s Related Brain Plaque Build-Up in Young Adults

On March 4, 2015 CBSNews.com reported on 2009 AFAR Research Grant recipient Changiz Geula, Ph.D’s research finding amyloid plaque build-up, a symptom often associated in Alzheimer’s disease, in the brains of individuals as young as 20. According to Dr. Geula, “The implication appears to be that if we want to prevent these clumps from forming when a person becomes old, we may need to intervene much earlier than we have thought, to try and get rid of amyloid very early in life.” Read the full CBSNews.com story here. Dr. Changiz Geula is a…


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