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Grantees in the News: Research co-authored by 3 AFAR grantees on stem cell adaptation in homeostasis and injury in Cell

Aug 29
2019

Grantees in the News: Research co-authored by 3 AFAR grantees on stem cell adaptation in homeostasis and injury in Cell

On August 22, Cell published research by AFAR experts Chia-Wei Cheng, PhD, Maria Mihaylova, PhD, and Ömer H. Yilmaz, MD, PhD that finds that control of βOHB-activated signaling in ISCs by diet helps to fine-tune stem cell adaptation in homeostasis and injury. Dr. Cheng is a 2019 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging recipient and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Dr. Mihaylova is a 2019 AFAR Research Grant recipient and an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University. Dr. Yilmaz is a 2015 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and a Eisen and…


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Experts in the News: Rudy Tanzi and Wilma Wasco research suggests ATXN1 can be used to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in Cell

Aug 29
2019

Experts in the News: Rudy Tanzi and Wilma Wasco research suggests ATXN1 can be used to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in Cell

On August 22, Cell published research co-authored by AFAR experts Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, and AFAR expert Wilma Wasco, PhD, on how the gene ATXN1 can regulate the behavior of the enzyme ataxin-1 and decrease the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. This discovery may help to identify new targets for experimental medications designed to delay or stop the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Tanzi is a member of AFAR’s Board of Directors. He is also the Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease, and a Joseph P. and…


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Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana on impact of diet and exercise on healthy aging in ABC News Australia

Aug 29
2019

Grantee in the News: Luigi Fontana on impact of diet and exercise on healthy aging in ABC News Australia

On August 16, ABC News Australia featured AFAR expert Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD, where he provides his insights on the benefits of caloric restrictions and exercise. Dr. Fontana is a 2009 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient as well as a 2016 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also a Research Professor of geriatrics and nutritional science at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Read the interview, ”The secret to healthy ageing: Diet, exercise, and a crash course in cell biology,” here.


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Grantees in the News: Kapahi and Killiea research on unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels in PLOS Genetics

Aug 29
2019

Grantees in the News: Kapahi and Killiea research on unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels in PLOS Genetics

On August 15, PLOS Genetics published research co-authored by AFAR experts Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, and David Killilea, PhD that determined previously unrecognized potential drug targets to treat elevated Urinalysis levels and associated pathologies such as gout or UA kidney stones, with the potential additional benefit of extending human healthspan. Dr. Kapahi is a 2001 Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging recipient, a 2006 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient, and a 2011 Ellison/AFAR Julie Martin Midcareer Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also a Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at the University…


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Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling interview on the NeurologyLive Mind Moments Podcast

Aug 22
2019

Grantee in the News: Reisa Sperling interview on the NeurologyLive Mind Moments Podcast

On August 19, the NeurologyLive Mind Moments podcast featured an interview with AFAR expert Reisa A. Sperling, MD, where she shares her insights on the amyloid hypothesis and the future of Alzheimer’s disease research focused on early detection and intervention. 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. Listen to the podcast, &ldquo…


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Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han research on financial elder abuse in Science Daily and JAGS

Aug 22
2019

Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han research on financial elder abuse in Science Daily and JAGS

On August 15, 2019, Science Daily reported on research co-authored by AFAR expert S. Duke Han, PhD that analyzes financial elder abuse as well as elder abuse resource call statistics. The research was recently published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology on July 31. Dr. Han is a 2012 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. He is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Read the Science Daily feature, “Financial abuse of older adults by family members more common than scams by strangers,” here. Read…


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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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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: 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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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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