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Grantee in the News: Valter Longo shares insights on Calorie Restriction in Real Simple

Mar 31
2016

Grantee in the News: Valter Longo shares insights on Calorie Restriction in Real Simple

In March 2016, the popular magazine Real Simple featured 1998 AFAR Grantee and 2013 recipient of the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research, Valter Longo, PhD. Dr. Longo contributed insights from his research on calorie restriction as a weight loss strategy to this article on belly fat loss. Longo’s research on the relationship between calorie restriction and aging has gained even larger attention. As published in Cell Metabolism, Dr. Longo has found that in yeast, mice, and human trials, short-term, fasting-like diets reduced risk factors related to aging, diabetes, cardiovascular, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Dr. Valter Longo is…


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Grantee in the News: Duke Han's Research on Financial Literacy and White Matter published in NeuroImage

Mar 23
2016

Grantee in the News: Duke Han's Research on Financial Literacy and White Matter published in NeuroImage

The February issue of Neurolmage published,  new research from 2012 Beeson Scholar Duke Han, PhD, on the associated between financial literacy and white matter integrity. Previously, Dr. Han’s team found that financial literacy is associated with greater functional connectivity between brain regions in old age.  In his new research, Dr. Han looked at financial literacy’s connection to white matter, tissue related to how the brain learns and functions, adjusting for cognitive function.  The results suggested that financial literacy is positively associated with white matter integrity in old age. Duke Han, PhD, is a…


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Grantee in the News: Nathan LeBrasseur Finds Exercise Lowers Risk Factors for Premature Aging

Mar 21
2016

Grantee in the News: Nathan LeBrasseur Finds Exercise Lowers Risk Factors for Premature Aging

On March 16, 2016, Headlines and Global News shared research from 2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD. Originally published in the journal, Diabetes, LeBrasseur’s findings indicate that regular exercise may help counteract health harms caused by poor dietary choices. By dividing mice up into three dietary groups--normal, healthy, and fast food--Dr. LeBrasseur found that “fast food” mice saw the largest gains from regular exercise.  In mice with diabetes-like symptoms, exercise decreased premature cell senescent, or the period when normal cell stop dividing. For more information on this…


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Announcing AFAR's 35th Anniversary Celebration!

Mar 16
2016

Announcing AFAR's 35th Anniversary Celebration!

  Dear Friends:   In 2016, AFAR celebrates its 35th anniversary.   In over three decades, AFAR has built the field by funding biomedical research on healthy aging and supporting efforts to improve geriatric care and promote the latest scientific findings.   And with you, our valued supporters, we are looking back and moving ahead.   Over the next year, AFAR is excited to share:    - Highlights from our archives    - News and views from our grantees    - Perspectives from our symposiums    - Interviews with our experts    - Invites to special…


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Grantees in the News: Popular Science’s “How to Live Forever” issue spotlights AFAR experts

Mar 09
2016

Grantees in the News: Popular Science’s “How to Live Forever” issue spotlights AFAR experts

The March/April 2016 issue of Popular Science includes the special feature section, “How to Live Forever,” which surveys a wide range of promising aging research developments and features several AFAR experts. In the opening article, “Why Do We Age?,” AFAR’s Scientific Director Steve Austad, PhD places aging within its biological context.  He states, “Reproduction is the name of the game. Basically, we age because it’s not in nature’s best interest to perfectly repair our bodies. The main thing is to keep us reproductive as long as possible, and…


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Board Member in the News: CBS NY spotlights Nir Barzilai and TAME

Mar 09
2016

Board Member in the News: CBS NY spotlights Nir Barzilai and TAME

On February 26, 2016, CBS New York spotlighted the Taming Aging with Metformin (TAME) Trial led by two-time grantee and Deputy Scientific Director, Nir Barzilai, MD. In the segment, Dr. Barzilai notes that in combination with diet and exercise, pharmacological interventions, such as Metformin, show promise for extending healthspan.  “What we’re trying to do is change it so that as they age, they’re healthy,” he explained. Spearheaded by Barzilai and AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austand, PhD, with board members board members S. Jay Olshansky, Phd, and James Kirkland, MD, Phd, TAME is a novel…


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