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AFAR in the News: Steven Austad’s latest Next Avenue column, It’s Never Too Late

Oct 31
2018

AFAR in the News: Steven Austad’s latest Next Avenue column, It’s Never Too Late

On October 30, 2018, Next Avenue published the latest column by AFAR Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, Ph.D. “Studies Show It’s Never Too Late to Improve Your Health” explores research on lifestyle and drug interventions that can extend late-in-life health, challenging early assumptions among aging researchers that treatments meant to retard aging needed to be started relatively early in life. The article highlights the research of AFAR experts Judy Campisi, Ph.D., Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D., James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., and Tom Rando, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Campisi is a 1990 Glenn Foundation for Medical…


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2018 Beeson Report spotlighting 2016 scholars, now online

Oct 29
2018

2018 Beeson Report spotlighting 2016 scholars, now online

AFAR is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Beeson Report. The report spotlights the research of the 2016 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Awards in Aging Scholars. In feature stories, these nine physician-investigators reflect on the Beeson awards’ impact on their research and the impact they hope their research will make on older patients’ health and healthcare. A welcome letter by Thomas M. Gill, M.D., the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee, lends insights on the diversity of the 2016 Beeson class, and a feature article highlights enhancements to the Beeson Annual Meeting  through additional…


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AFAR Experts in the News: Steven Austad and Stephanie Lederman in Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea on genes, the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) Trial, and healthspan

Oct 29
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Steven Austad and Stephanie Lederman in Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea on genes, the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) Trial, and healthspan

On October 2, 2018, Pulse by Maeil Business News Korea featured the insights of AFAR experts Steven Austad, Ph.D. and Stephanie Lederman in an article exploring healthy aging research supported by organizations based in NYC. Dr. Austad is AFAR’s Scientific Director. Ms. Lederman is AFAR’s Executive Director. Read the English translation here and the original article here.


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Grantee in the News: Judy Campisi in MIT Technology Review on senolytic drugs that could slow aging

Oct 26
2018

Grantee in the News: Judy Campisi in MIT Technology Review on senolytic drugs that could slow aging

On October 23, 2018, MIT Technology Review interviewed AFAR expert Judy Campisi, Ph.D. on senescent drugs, healthspan, and longevity. Dr. Campisi is a 1990 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient. Read “Finally, the drug that keeps you young” here.


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Grantee in the News: Donovan T. Maust in ScienceDaily on how prescriptions for sedatives in older adults vary widely

Oct 24
2018

Grantee in the News: Donovan T. Maust in ScienceDaily on how prescriptions for sedatives in older adults vary widely

On October 18, 2018, ScienceDaily highlighted the research of AFAR expert Donovan T. Maust, M.D. on the wide variation of prescribing benzodiazepines to Medicare beneficiaries across the United States. The article cites research that Dr. Maust co-authored in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Maust is a 2014 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. Read “Medicating distress: Risky sedative prescriptions for older adults vary widely” here. Read the original research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine here.


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AFAR Experts in the News: Valter Longo and David Sinclair chosen for TIME Magazine’s “The Health Care 50” list.

Oct 23
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Valter Longo and David Sinclair chosen for TIME Magazine’s “The Health Care 50” list.

On October 18, 2018, TIME recognized AFAR Experts Valter Longo, Ph.D. and David Sinclair, Ph.D. in its annual list, “The Health Care 50.” The list honors people transforming health care in 2018 through innovation. Dr. Longo is a 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. Dr. Sinclair is a 2000 AFAR Research Grant recipient and an AFAR Board member. Read “The Health Care 50” here.


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AFAR Experts in the News: Nathan LeBrasseur and S. Jay Olshansky in Shape Magazine on science-backed tips for extending health

Oct 17
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Nathan LeBrasseur and S. Jay Olshansky in Shape Magazine on science-backed tips for extending health

On October 15, 2018, Shape Magazine highlighted the insights of AFAR experts Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D. and S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. on research-based tips for extending healthspan through exercise and dietary choices. Dr. LeBrasseur is a 2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member. Read “5 Legit Ways to Slow Down Your Body’s Aging Process” here.


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Grantee in the News: Donovan T. Maust in The New York Times on “de facto geriatricians”

Oct 15
2018

Grantee in the News: Donovan T. Maust in The New York Times on “de facto geriatricians”

On October 12, 2018, The New York Times featured the insights of AFAR expert Donovan T. Maust, M.D. Dr. Maust is a 2014 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. The article also highlights a program at Weill Cornell that connects medical students with healthy, active elders, exemplifying innovative strategies to combat age discrimination in the medical field. This program complements the MSTAR program that AFAR supports there. Read “Every Older Patient Has a Story. Medical Students Need to Hear It” here.


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Board Member in the News: Jay Olshansky in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Daily News on lifespan calculators.

Oct 15
2018

Board Member in the News: Jay Olshansky in The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Daily News on lifespan calculators.

In October 4, 2018, The Philadelphia Inquirer featured the insights of AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. on lifespan calculators. On October 10, the story was additionally picked by The New York Daily News. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member. Read “How long will you live? A reporter tries some lifespan calculators” in The Philadelphia Inquirer here. Read “Hey Google, how long will I live? A reporter tests out lifespan calculators” in The New York Daily News here.


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NIA RCCN website, co-managed by AFAR, launches

Oct 09
2018

NIA RCCN website, co-managed by AFAR, launches

  AFAR is pleased to announce the launch www.rccn-aging.org--a new website for the National Institute on Aging’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN), which AFAR co-manages with Wake Forest School of Medicine. The website supports dissemination efforts to connect scientists from six NIA center programs focused on addressing a wide range of issues affecting older adults. The site shares the news from the field of aging research as well as opportunities such as grant deadlines, events, and meetings, including Webinars and Conferences organized by the RCCN. Visitors also can connect with the six NIA center programs, and…


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AFAR Experts in the News: Findings by Burd, Kirkland, Niedernhofer, and Xu on Fisetin as natural senotherapeutic in Science Daily

Oct 05
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Findings by Burd, Kirkland, Niedernhofer, and Xu on Fisetin as natural senotherapeutic in Science Daily

On October 2, 2018, ScienceDaily spotlighted the research of Christin Burd, Ph.D., James Kirkland, M.D, Ph.D., Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D., and Ming Xu, Ph.D. on Fisetin, a senotherapeutic that extends health and lifespan. Their findings expands research published in July in Nature Medicine. Dr. Burd is a 2014 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient. Dr. Kirkland is the AFAR President-elect and 2012 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award recipient. Dr. Niedernhofer is a Current National Scientific Advisory Council member, 2017 Pilot grantee, and 2018 Vincent Cristofalo awardee. Dr. Xu is a 2014 Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research…


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