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Grantees in the News: Jason Karlawish and Kenneth Langa push for Update to National Alzheimer's Act

Oct 27
2016

Grantees in the News: Jason Karlawish and Kenneth Langa push for Update to National Alzheimer's Act

On October 19th, the Journal of American Medical Association published a “Viewpoint” article 2007 Beeson Scholar, Jason Karlawish, MD, and 2003 Beeson Scholar Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD,  outlining suggested updates to the National Alzheimer Project Act (NAPA). The National Alzheimer Project Act (NAPA) calls for new treatments to slow or prevent the disease by 2025, but as Drs. Karlawish and Langa argue, as it stands now, there's no strategy in place to determine whether the interventions being studied today have a "meaningful" clinical benefit for patients.  Drs. Karlawish and Langa propose that participants in Alzheimer's prevention studies…


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Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky wager on Human Longevity Limit

Oct 25
2016

Board Members in the News: Steven Austad and S. Jay Olshansky wager on Human Longevity Limit

Nature.com recently spotlighted a friendly competition between AFAR’s  AFAR’s Scientific Director, Steven Austad and Board Member S. Jay Olshansky, sparked by the on-going debate on human lifespan. Following recently published findings on maximum lifespan by 2012 AFAR Irving Wright Awardee Jan Vijg, PhD, Austad and Olshansky have  upped their  longstanding bet on human longevity. The friendly rivalry began in 2000, when Dr. Austad was quoted in a Scientific American article with the provocative statement: "The first 150-year old person is probably alive right now." Dr. Olshansky didn't think so — and the…


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Dole Nutrition Institute lends insights on nutrition and healthy aging in AFAR two-part “Ask the Expert” series

Oct 17
2016

Dole Nutrition Institute lends insights on nutrition and healthy aging in AFAR two-part “Ask the Expert” series

AFAR is pleased to share an “Ask the Expert” feature with Dole Nutrition Institute on nutrition and healthy aging.  In this two-part series, Dole Nutrition Institute’s Nicholas Gillitt, PhD, Vice President of Nutrition Research and Director of the Dole Nutrition Institute, and Jenn LaVardera, MS, RD, Nutrition and Health Communications Manager at Dole Food Company, lend research-backed perspectives and tips on the relationship between whole fruits and vegetables, exercise, and healthspan. First, Dr. Gillitt shares insights about the latest findings on nutritional research and the benefits of eating well as we age. Read his…


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AFAR in the News: HuffPost50 column by Scientific Director Steven Austad launches

Oct 13
2016

AFAR in the News: HuffPost50 column by Scientific Director Steven Austad launches

On October 12, 2016, AFAR launched a new column on HuffPost50 by  Scientific Director, Steven Austad, PhD. In “A Young Field about Growing Older: Six Ways Research is Changing How We Age,” Dr. Austad highlighted six developments that are moving the field of aging research toward improving human healthspan-- the time we are in optimal health as we age, including: • Changes to single genes can slow aging • Removing cells damaged by aging improves health • Young blood has rejuvenating properties • Exercise has more health benefits than anyone expected • Restricting certain foods – without restricting…


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Grantee in the News: Brad Johnson comments on Research linking Childhood Trauma to Cellular Aging

Oct 11
2016

Grantee in the News: Brad Johnson comments on Research linking Childhood Trauma to Cellular Aging

On October 3, 2016, HealthDay featured insights from 2002 Beeson Scholar F. Bradley Johnson, MD, PhD, on new research linking childhood trauma to cellular aging and telomeres. According to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, childhood trauma may result in shorter telomeres, the ending portion of chromosomes.  Previous research has indicated that shorter telomeres, which help to prevent the chromosome from unraveling, may be associated with increased risk of heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease and some types of cancer. The authors of the study stress the limited application of this study, stating that…


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AFAR in the News: David Sinclair, S. Jay Olshansky, and Thomas Perls Comment on New Maximum Lifespan Research

Oct 06
2016

AFAR in the News: David Sinclair, S. Jay Olshansky, and Thomas Perls Comment on New Maximum Lifespan Research

On October 5, 2016 The Associated Press, spotlighted responses from aging research experts on recently published research on maximum lifespan by 2012 AFAR Irving Wright Awardee Jan Vijg, PhD, published in the journal, Nature. Vijg’s research suggests that there may be a limit to human lifespan.  In the AP article, 1998 Beeson Scholar, Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, and 2001 AFAR Research Grant recipient and Board Member David Sinclair, PhD, and Board Member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, lend insights on the relationship between lifespan and healthspan. While advances in reducing death among some demographic groups, children, women in childbirth, and the elderly, have…


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Board Member in the News: In Nature, S. Jay Olshansky comments on Jan Vijg’s research on Maximum Human Lifespan

Oct 06
2016

Board Member in the News: In Nature, S. Jay Olshansky comments on Jan Vijg’s research on Maximum Human Lifespan

In the latest issue of Nature, AFAR board Member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, comments on compelling new research, co-authored by 2012 AFAR Irving Wright Award of Distinction Winner Jan Vijg, PhD, which suggests that there is a limit to maximum human lifespan. In Dr. Vijg’s article published in the same issue of Nature, the new research suggests although human life expectancy has risen fairly steadily and rapidly over the past 150 years, maximum lifespan--the age reached by the longest-lived individual--may have reached its upper limits.  Dr. Vijg and his fellow researchers have discovered that in most countries the…


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Industry News: Inaugural Edition of GeroScience Journal - Submission Deadline Nov. 1

Oct 04
2016

Industry News: Inaugural Edition of GeroScience Journal - Submission Deadline Nov. 1

As of January 1, 2017, the American Aging Association, AGE, will be changing its name to GeroScience. This is not simply a change in the name but the creation of an exciting journal that responds to the needs of scientists studying the mechanisms of aging and age-related disease. The journal will be heavily focused on cellular mechanisms of aging (from yeast to humans) but will also publish clinical studies that address mechanisms of aging and interventional studies.  Several special editions are in progress and there a range of opportunities available to publish in the new journal.    The following article…


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