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Ask the Expert Interview: Claire McEvoy on the Mediterranean Diet and cognitive health

May 22
2019

Ask the Expert Interview: Claire McEvoy on the Mediterranean Diet and cognitive health

  AFAR is excited to announce the latest addition to our “Ask the Expert” interview series. In an exclusive interview, AFAR expert Claire McEvoy, MD, RD lends insights from her research on the Mediterranean Diet and its potential impact on cognitive health and delaying dementia. Dr. McEvoy is a 2015 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar Read Dr. McEvoy’s “Ask the Expert” interview on our InfoAging site here. This interview also appears on the PBS website NextAvenue.org, here.   This Next Avenue interview continues an editorial partnership between AFAR…


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4 Stars for 6 Years: AFAR achieves Charity Navigator's highest rating

May 22
2019

4 Stars for 6 Years: AFAR achieves Charity Navigator's highest rating

    For the 6th consecutive year, AFAR has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. This is the highest possible rating and shows that AFAR adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that AFAR exceeds industry standards: Only 8% of the charities Charity Navigator evaluates have received at least 6 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that AFAR outperforms most other charities in America. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011,…


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Board member in the News: Nir Barzilai in The Times UK on Metformin and TAME

May 21
2019

Board member in the News: Nir Barzilai in The Times UK on Metformin and TAME

  On May 18, 2019, The Times UK featured AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD in an article on the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) Trial, which AFAR is helping manage. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner, and a multiple grantee. Read the article—“Is Metformin the key to living longer?”—here.  


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Board member in the News: Mark Lachs on Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability on NPR Marketplace

May 21
2019

Board member in the News: Mark Lachs on Age-Associated Financial Vulnerability on NPR Marketplace

  On May 16, 2019, NPR Marketplace featured AFAR expert Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH in an article on cognitive changes and “age-associated financial vulnerability.” Dr. Lachs is AFAR’s Board President and a 1995 Beeson scholar. Read the article—"Age of fraud: Are seniors more vulnerable to financial scams?”—here. If you are in the NYC area, tune into WNYC on Thursday May 23 at 8pm to hear Dr. Lachs in a related segment. The article coincides with the launch of a new initiative and website, ElderAbuse.org For more on cognitive changes and the risk…


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Grantees in the News: Kenneth Langa and Donovan Maust on National Poll on Healthy Aging Report: Thinking about Brain Health, in Medical Express

May 21
2019

Grantees in the News: Kenneth Langa and Donovan Maust on National Poll on Healthy Aging Report: Thinking about Brain Health, in Medical Express

  On May 15, 2019, MedicalExpress featured insights from AFAR experts Kenneth Langa, MD, PhD and Donovan T. Maust, MD in article highlighting findings from the recently published National Poll on Healthy Aging Report: Thinking About Brain Health, which Dr. Maust organized. In all, nearly half of respondents to the National Poll on Healthy Aging felt they were likely to develop dementia as they aged, and nearly as many worried about this prospect. In reality, research suggests that less than 20 percent of people who have reached age 65 will go on to lose cognitive ability from Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia or…


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Board member in the News: STAT News spotlights Ned David and Unity Biotech

May 21
2019

Board member in the News: STAT News spotlights Ned David and Unity Biotech

On May 14, 2019, STAT News spotlighted AFAR expert Nathanial “Ned” David, PhD in a feature on his leadership to advance therapeutics to target aging through Unity Biotech. Dr. David is an AFAR Board member. He also received AFAR's Honorary Leadership Award of Distinction in 2017. Read “How a biotech executive seizes on big ideas, from anti-aging therapies to antibiotics” here.  


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Grantee in the News: Dena Dubal in Scientic American on VCAM1 protein and preventing cognitive decline

May 20
2019

Grantee in the News: Dena Dubal in Scientic American on VCAM1 protein and preventing cognitive decline

  On May 14, 2019, Scientific American featured insights by AFAR expert Dena Dubal, MD, PhD in an article exploring how in mice studies, blocking the VCAM1 protein may reverse in brain decline and prevent memory loss. 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 1998 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient. Dr. Dubal also served on the 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty Selection Committee. Read the article—“Thwarting a Protein Reverses Brain Decline in…


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Experts in the News: Barzilai, Kirkland, and Niedernhofer on Senescent “Zombie” cells, in Associated Press

May 20
2019

Experts in the News: Barzilai, Kirkland, and Niedernhofer on Senescent “Zombie” cells, in Associated Press

  On May 14, 2019, Associated Press featured AFAR experts Nir Barzilai, MD, James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, and Laura Niedernhofer, MD, PhD, in an article on the role of senescent cells and aging. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director and a multiple grantee. Dr. Kirkland is AFAR’s President-Elect and a 2012 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient. Dr. Niedernhofer is received AFAR’s 2018 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research. Read the article —"Zombie cells' buildup in your body may play role in aging”—here.  


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Grantees in the News: Patrick Hof and David Sinclair in The New Yorker, “Can we live longer but stay younger?”

May 15
2019

Grantees in the News: Patrick Hof and David Sinclair in The New Yorker, “Can we live longer but stay younger?”

On May 13, The New Yorker featured AFAR experts Patrick Hof, MD and David Sinclair, PhD in an article highlighting on-going and innovative research and tech solutions that will extend healthspan. Dr. Hoff is a 1996 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient. Dr. Sinclair is an AFAR board member, 2018 Irving S. Wright awardee, and a 2000 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient. Read the article—“Can we live longer but stay younger?”—here.  


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling to lead two new Alzheimer’s trials, Yahoo Finance reports

May 15
2019

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling to lead two new Alzheimer’s trials, Yahoo Finance reports

On May 13, 2019, Yahoo Finance featured AFAR expert Reisa Sperling, MD in an article announcing that Dr. Sperling will lead a two new Alzheimer’s clinical trials. Dr. Sperling is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) scholar. The investigational oral BACE (beta amyloid cleaving enzyme) inhibitor elenbecestat and the investigational anti-amyloid beta (Ab) protofibril antibody BAN2401, which are currently being evaluated as potential treatments for early Alzheimer's disease (AD), have been selected by the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium (ACTC) as potential treatments to be evaluated in upcoming clinical studies targeting primary…


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Grantee in the News: Joe Verghese in NY Times on social dancing and delaying dementia

May 06
2019

Grantee in the News: Joe Verghese in NY Times on social dancing and delaying dementia

On April 30th 2019, The New York Times featured insights from AFAR expert Joe Verghese, MBBS in an article about the long term health benefits of dance. The article references a study led by Verghese’s team, which found that social dancing may decrease the risk of developing dementia. Dr. Verghese is a 2004 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar. Read “Is Dancing the Kale of Exercise?” here.


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Grantee in the News: Ana Maria Cuervo elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 06
2019

Grantee in the News: Ana Maria Cuervo elected to National Academy of Sciences

AFAR congratulates Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD on her election into the esteemed National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Cuervo is a 2008 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient and 2000 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty recipient. She also serves as Co-Director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for which AFAR serves as the Coordinating Center. A private, nonprofit institution established in 1863, the National Academy of Sciences elected 100 new members and 25 foreign associates this year “in recognition of their distinguished…


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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD

May 09
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Vivek Venkatachalam, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. In our Grantee Spotlight Interviews, many of our 2018 grantees share their thoughts on the field and aspirations for their research, thanks to AFAR’s support. We’re pleased to share this interview with  Vivek Venkatachalam of Northeastern University. Dr. Venkatachalam is the recipient of a 2018 Glenn Foundation for…


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Grantee Spotlight Interview: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD

May 09
2019

Grantee Spotlight Interview: M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees’ hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer lives. In our Grantee Spotlight Interviews, many of our 2018 grantees share their thoughts on the field and aspirations for their research, thanks to AFAR’s support. We’re pleased to share this interview with  M. Brandon Westover, MD, PhD of Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Westover is the recipient of…


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