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Grantee in the News: Adam Gazzaley Lends Insights on Research on Gaming and Cognition

Feb 23
2018

Grantee in the News: Adam Gazzaley Lends Insights on Research on Gaming and Cognition

On February 12th 2018, MD Magazine highlighted the research of 2005 Pfizer/AFAR Innovations in Aging Award and 2002 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in Aging Research Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. The article,“Proof-of Concept Video Game Intervention Improves Spatial Working Memory in Children with ADHD,” focuses on an investigational program AKL-T01, a video game-like program that was designed to improve attention and inhibitory control in children.  It was based on a video-game-like digital treatment created by Dr. Adam Gazzaley called NeuroRacer for older adults.  The article includes a quote from Dr. Gazzaley’s 2015…


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Grantee in the News:  Satchidananda Panda Research in Science on How Genes Follow a Circadian Rhythm

Feb 22
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda Research in Science on How Genes Follow a Circadian Rhythm

On February 8th 2018, Science published research co-authored by 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.  The article, “Diurnal transcriptome atlas of a primate across major neural and peripheral tissues,” focuses on how circadian rhythms effect gene transcription. The study shows that almost 80 percent of genes follow a day/night rhythm in many tissue types and brain regions.  This is the most comprehensive study conducted that connects timing to gene transcription.  Using RNA sequencing, Dr. Panda and his research team tracked the gene expression in dozens of different non-human primate tissues…


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AFAR announces 2017 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

Feb 22
2018

AFAR announces 2017 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research

AFAR and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research are excited to announce the 2017 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research: -Mohammad Parvez Alam, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard Medical School -Lear Brace, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Buck Institute for Research on Aging -Leah Cuddy, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University -Neil Dani, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School -Mladen Jergovic, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Arizona -Min-Dian Li, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School -James Markworth, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan -Aya Namba, M.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan -Nathalie Saurat,…


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Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman on Healthspan in RunnersWorld

Feb 21
2018

Grantee in the News: Sofiya Milman on Healthspan in RunnersWorld

On February 9, 2018, RunnersWorld highlighted the insights of 2012 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellow and 2015 Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research scholar Sofiya Milman, M.D. in an article exploring the role of exercise in extending healthspan. In “To Look and Feel Younger, Running is the Real Miracle Drug,” Dr. Milman explains the goal of aging research is to extend years of health as we grow older. Dr. Milman reminds that biomedical researchers who focus on aging “don’t think that people will be immortal, but we do believe that you can certainly delay diseases and…


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Grantee in the News:  Satchidananda Panda’s Research in Cell Metabolism on How the Liver Responds So Quickly to Food

Feb 20
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda’s Research in Cell Metabolism on How the Liver Responds So Quickly to Food

On February 6th 2018, Cell Metabolism published research co-authored by 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D.  In “The RNA-Binding Protein NONO Coordinates Hepatic Adaptation to Feeding,” Dr. Panda’s research on how the liver responds to food so quickly through RNA-binding protein NONO is highlighted. Public.com also picked up on this research, where Dr. Panda states: “The switch from fasting to feeding is a very quick switch and our physiology has to adapt to it in the right time frame. Now we know how our body quickly handles that…


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AFAR Welcomes New Board Member Nathaniel David, Ph.D.

Feb 16
2018

AFAR Welcomes New Board Member Nathaniel David, Ph.D.

Nathaniel “Ned” David, Ph.D., a biochemist and biotech entrepreneur who co-founded UNITY Biotechnology and four other visionary biotech companies, has joined the AFAR’s Board of Directors. David co-founded UNITY in 2011 along with three of the leading researchers in the field of cellular senescence, including AFAR grantee Judith Campisi, Ph.D. David shares that he is honored to serve on AFAR’s Board of Directors, having seen firsthand the impact that the organization’s support for biomedical research makes: “Were it not for AFAR and its far-sighted vision going back three decades, UNITY…


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Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night

Feb 15
2018

Grantee in the News: Satchidananda Panda in The NY Times on Evolutionary Reasons for Binge Eating at Night

On January 30th 2018, The New York Times highlighted the insights of 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient, Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D. In “Binge Eating at Night? Your Hormones May Be to Blame,” Dr. Panda explains that evening hunger may be due to “evolutionary adaptations that helped us get through the night.”  “For millions of years, our nighttime period was a time when we didn’t have access to food,” he continues, “and you also could not just get yourself food as soon as you woke up in the morning.…


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AFAR announces 2017 Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

Feb 12
2018

AFAR announces 2017 Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

AFAR and The Irene Diamond Fund proudly announce the recipients of the 2017 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging: -Sebastian Brandhorst, Dr. rer. nat., Research Associate, University of Southern California -Christina Camell, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Yale School of Medicine -Yejing Ge, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, The Rockefeller University -Geraldine Gontier, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco -Rizwan Qaisar, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation -Payel Sen, Ph.D., Research Associate, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania -Ming Xu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Mayo Clinic Learn more about their awards…


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Grantees in the News: Hefland, Wood, and Schwer’s research on Sirt4 Gene and Fruit Flies’ Lifespan and Metabolism in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Feb 07
2018

Grantees in the News: Hefland, Wood, and Schwer’s research on Sirt4 Gene and Fruit Flies’ Lifespan and Metabolism in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

On January 29th 2018, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal published research co-authored by 2014 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award grantee Stephen Helfand, M.D.; 2008 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Senior Postdoctoral Fellow Bjoern Schwer, M.D., Ph.D.; and 2010 Biology of Aging and 2010 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellow Jason Wood, Ph.D.; Their research article “Sirt4 is a mitochondrial regulator of metabolism and lifespan in Drosophilia melanogaster” presents findings on the role of the Sirt4 gene in regulating lifespan and metabolism in fruit flies. In a related ScienceNewsline article, Dr. Wood states: "We show…


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Grantee in the News: Einor Ben Assayag in ScienceDaily on how working before and after a stroke benefits brain health

Feb 05
2018

Grantee in the News: Einor Ben Assayag in ScienceDaily on how working before and after a stroke benefits brain health

On January 25, 2018, ScienceDaily featured 2011 New Investigator in Alzheimer’s Disease Awardee Dr. Einor Ben Assayag in an article about how working before and after a stroke can benefit brain health. In the article, “Working before and after stroke is good for brain health” Dr. Einor Ben Assayag states: "Studies have shown stroke greatly increases dementia risk, and occupational status might influence how stroke survivors fare years after having a stroke." Later in the article, Dr. Ben Assayag states the importance of working on cognitive health. "The message here is 'keep on working.’ Rates of death and…


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Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi latest book on habits, epigenetics, healing, and aging in Forbes

Feb 09
2018

Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi latest book on habits, epigenetics, healing, and aging in Forbes

On January 29, 2018, Forbes spotlighted the latest book co-authored by AFAR board member Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D., The Healing Self. The article “Chopra, Tanzi Share How To Change Neural Pathways and Even Gene Expression Itself In New Book,” examines how the book explores the effect of epigenetics (the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself), as well as daily habits, on healing and aging. In the article, Dr. Tanzi explains the importance of lifestyle choices on healthy living: “In the face of environmental toxins, potential epidemics,…


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