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AFAR mourns the passing of Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD

Aug 19
2019

AFAR mourns the passing of Rahul Desikan, MD, PhD

AFAR is saddened to report the passing of respected neuroscientist Rahul S. Desikan, MD, PhD. Dr. Desikan was an Assistant Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and co-director of Laboratory for Precision Neuroimaging. Dr. Desikan was a 2002 and 2008 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) recipient, a 2011 AFAR-GE Healthcare Junior Investigator recipient, and a recent NIA Small Research Grant Program for the Next Generation of Researchers in Alzheimer's Disease award recipient, a collaborative grant program between the NIA, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and AFAR. His work bridged…


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Grantees in the News: Bateman, Benziner, and Holtzman research on Blood Tests for Alz Diagnosis in The New York Times

Aug 15
2019

Grantees in the News: Bateman, Benziner, and Holtzman research on Blood Tests for Alz Diagnosis in The New York Times

On August 1, 2019, The New York Times featured insights by AFAR experts Randall J. Bateman, MD, Tammie L.S. Benzinger, MD, PhD, and David Holtzman, MD, on the potential of blood tests for beta amyloid, the protein most often associated with diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease, and how these tests might help toward earlier diagnoses. The Times article spotlights their research, originally published in Neurology on August 1, 2019. Dr. Bateman is a 1997 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, a 2007 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient, and a 2015 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical…


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Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi research on the role of Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdowns in Alzheimer’s in Advanced Science

Aug 14
2019

Board Member in the News: Rudy Tanzi research on the role of Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdowns in Alzheimer’s in Advanced Science

On August 12, 2019, Advanced Science published research co-authored by AFAR board member Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, on the role of blood-brain barrier breakdowns in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Tanzi is the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, and a Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Read the study, “Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in a 3D In Vitro Model of Alzheimer’s Disease,” here.


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Grantee in the News: Kenneth Langa on PET scans effectiveness in The New York Times

Aug 14
2019

Grantee in the News: Kenneth Langa on PET scans effectiveness in The New York Times

On August, 2, 2019, The New York Times featured the insights of AFAR expert Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD, on the effectiveness of PET scans. The article also links to recent research co-authored by Dr. Langa in JAMA Internal Medicine on the rate of diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Langa is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. He is also a Professor of Internal Medicine, Gerontology, and Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. Read the New York Times article, “A Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer’s. Should You Get One?…


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AFAR in the News: AFAR experts explore “Taming the Diseases of Aging” in Moonshot Catalog on Medium

Aug 06
2019

AFAR in the News: AFAR experts explore “Taming the Diseases of Aging” in Moonshot Catalog on Medium

  On July 8, 2019, Medium featured the insights of several AFAR experts in a special feature,  “Taming the Diseases of Aging.” The article anchors The Moonshot Catalog, a communications project funded by the philanthropic organization Schmidt Futures in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Significantly, The Moonshot Catalog selected healthy aging as one of its “ambitious but doable science- and technology-anchored challenges whose realization would do a lot of good for a lot of people.” The article emphasizes how geroscience research can transform how we can live healthier for  longer,…


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Grantee in the News: Rebecca Brown’s AFAR-funded research on functional impairment in older homeless populations in PLOS One

Aug 15
2019

Grantee in the News: Rebecca Brown’s AFAR-funded research on functional impairment in older homeless populations in PLOS One

On August 13, 2019, PLOS One published research by AFAR expert Rebecca T. Brown, MD, MPH, that exploring functional impairment in the older adult homeless population. Dr. Brown is a 2010 and 2012 COE Fellow, as well as a 2018 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. The research was supported through Dr. Brown’s Beeson award. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Read the research, “Trajectories of functional impairment in homeless older…


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Grantees in the News: Reisa Sperling and Gad Marshall new research shows how symptoms of Depression may be a marker for Alzheimer’s in JAMA Network Open

Aug 14
2019

Grantees in the News: Reisa Sperling and Gad Marshall new research shows how symptoms of Depression may be a marker for Alzheimer’s in JAMA Network Open

On August 9, 2019, JAMA Network Open  published research co-authored by Reisa A. Sperling, MD, and Gad A. Marshall, MD, on how symptoms of Depression in cognitively healthy older individuals may be a biological marker for Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Sperling is a 2003 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. She is also the Co-Investigator of Neuroimaging Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Director of the Center for Alzheimer Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Catalyst. Dr. Marshall is a New Investigator Award…


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