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Grantee in the News: Yee Voan Teo’s research on cell-free DNA in Aging Cell

Dec 28
2018

Grantee in the News: Yee Voan Teo’s research on cell-free DNA in Aging Cell

  On December 21, 2018, Aging Cell published research co-authored by AFAR expert Yee Voan Teo, MA exploring cell-free DNA that could be used to determine whether a person's body functions as older or younger than their chronological age. Ms. Teo is a 2017 Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Read “Cell‐free DNA as a biomarker of aging” here and a related press release from Brown University here.  


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Grantees in the News: Rozalyn Anderson & Luigi Fontana on Mediterranean Diet in Oxford U Press

Dec 27
2018

Grantees in the News: Rozalyn Anderson & Luigi Fontana on Mediterranean Diet in Oxford U Press

On December 3, 2018, the Oxford University Press blog featured an interview between AFAR experts Rozalyn Anderson, PhD and Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD on the research exploring the Mediterranean Diet and healthy aging. Rozalyn Anderson, PhD is a 2016 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award winner  and Co-Editor in Chief of the biological sciences section of Oxford University Press’ The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Luigi Fontana,MD, PhD is a 2009 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient and 2016 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. Read “Healthy Aging and the…


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Grantees in the News: Dena Dubal & Emily Davis in Aging Cell on female XX chromosomes and healthspan

Dec 20
2018

Grantees in the News: Dena Dubal & Emily Davis in Aging Cell on female XX chromosomes and healthspan

  On December 17, 2018, Aging Cell published research co-authored by AFAR experts Emily Davis, BA and Dena Dubal, MD, PhD on the role of female XX chromosomes in extending healthspan. Ms. Davis is a 2017 AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Dr. Dubal is a 2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, 2009 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, and a 1998 AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Read “Female XX sex chromosomes increase survival and extend lifespan in aging mice” here and a related feature on the UCSF…


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Grantee in the News: Rizwan Qaisar and new therapy for age-related muscle loss.

Dec 17
2018

Grantee in the News: Rizwan Qaisar and new therapy for age-related muscle loss.

On December 4 2018, OMRF spotlighted research led by AFAR expert Rizwan Qaisar, PhD on a new therapy for age-related muscle loss. Dr. Qaisar is a 2017 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging recipient. Read “OMRF discovers potential therapy for age-related muscle loss” here. The research will be printed in the January 2019 issue of Redox Biology but is available online here.    


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AFAR Experts in the News: Leonard Guarente and Thomas Perls in The Boston Globe on the region’s longevity industry

Dec 12
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Leonard Guarente and Thomas Perls in The Boston Globe on the region’s longevity industry

On December 11, 2018, The Boston Globe featured the insights of AFAR experts Leonard Guarente, Ph.D. and Thomas T. Perls, M.D., M.P.A., F.A.C.P. Dr. Guarente is a 2015 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction winner. Dr. Perls is a 1998 Beeson Scholar. Read “A brief tour of Boston’s anti-aging industry” here.


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2018 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Annual Meeting

Dec 11
2018

2018 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Annual Meeting

From November 1-4, AFAR hosted the Annual Meeting of the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) Program. Over 100 current and former Beeson Scholars, mentors, and foundation supporters gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss research progress, share research findings, and strengthen scholarship and leadership. Scholars participate in speed networking with fellow attendees at the 2018 Beeson Scholars Meeting. The meeting began with a Keynote Address by Scott Small, MD, Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University Medical School and 2000 Beeson Scholar, entitled, “Regional Vulnerability as a…


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AFAR Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai in The Washington Post article on when to start seeing a geriatrician

Dec 10
2018

AFAR Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai in The Washington Post article on when to start seeing a geriatrician

On December 8, 2018, The Washington Post highlighted the insights of AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, M.D. on the difference between biological and chronological age. Dr. Barzilai is a 1994 AFAR Research Grant recipient, 1997 Beeson Scholar, 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner, and AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director. Read “Will you really need a geriatrician when you’re 65?” here.


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AFAR Expert in the News: S. Jay Olshansky in Nautilus on how increasing healthspan in older adults affects the labor force

Dec 10
2018

AFAR Expert in the News: S. Jay Olshansky in Nautilus on how increasing healthspan in older adults affects the labor force

On December 6, 2018, Nautilus highlighted the insights of AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. exploring how the increasing healthspan of older adults affects both the work force and work culture. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award winner. Read “Retiring Retirement” here.


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NIA website spotlights AFAR-managed Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN)

Dec 06
2018

NIA website spotlights AFAR-managed Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN)

On December 4, 2018, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) published a blog co-authored by the NIA’s Supervisory Medical Officer of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Basil Eldadah, M.D. and Deputy Director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research Dana Plude, Ph.D.  The post spotlights the National Institute on Aging’s Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN), which AFAR co-manages with Wake Forest School of Medicine.  The blog post highlights the mission of the RCCN. “The RCCN embodies a team science approach based on the understanding that addressing the thorniest problems in…


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AFAR Experts in the News: Mark Lachs and Mathew Maurer in JAGS on functional impairment and medication burden in adults with heart failure

Dec 05
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Mark Lachs and Mathew Maurer in JAGS on functional impairment and medication burden in adults with heart failure

On November 29, 2018, The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published research co-authored by AFAR experts Mark Lachs, M.D., M.P.H. and Mathew Maurer, M.D. Dr. Lachs is a 1995 Beeson Scholar and AFAR’s Board President.  Dr. Maurer is a 1999 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient and a 2012 AFAR Research Committee member. Read “Association Between Functional Impairment and Medication Burden in Adults with Heart Failure” here.


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AFAR Grantees in the News: Emily Davis and Dena Dubal in The Journal of Neuroscience on ovarian cycle and Alzheimer’s

Dec 05
2018

AFAR Grantees in the News: Emily Davis and Dena Dubal in The Journal of Neuroscience on ovarian cycle and Alzheimer’s

On December 3, 2018, The Journal of Neuroscience published co-authored research by AFAR experts Emily Davis and Dena Dubal, M.D., Ph.D. Ms. Davis is a 2017 AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Dr. Dubal is a 2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, 2009 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, and a 1998 AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Read “Ovarian cycle stages modulate Alzheimer-related cognitive and brain network alterations in female mice” here.


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AFAR Experts in the News: Nir Barzilai, Jay Olshansky, David Sinclair, and Eric Verdin in The Boston Globe on targeting aging, biotechnology startups, and extending healthspan

Dec 04
2018

AFAR Experts in the News: Nir Barzilai, Jay Olshansky, David Sinclair, and Eric Verdin in The Boston Globe on targeting aging, biotechnology startups, and extending healthspan

On December 1, 2018, The Boston Globe highlighted the insights of AFAR experts Nir  Barzilai, M.D., Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., David Sinclair, Ph.D., and Eric Verdin, Ph.D. on targeting aging, longevity, and extending healthspan. Dr. Barzilai is a 1997 Beeson Scholar, a 1994 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director. Dr. Olshansky is a 2016 Irving S. Wright Award winner and an AFAR board member. Dr. Sinclair is a 2018 Irving S. Wright Award winner, a 2000 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and an AFAR Board member. Dr. Verdin served on AFAR’s National Scientific Advisory Committee from 2010-2015. …


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