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Six articles in the new Geroscience issue of Public Policy & Aging Report authored by AFAR experts

Dec 23
2019

Six articles in the new Geroscience issue of Public Policy & Aging Report authored by AFAR experts

  Six AFAR experts contributed articles to Volume 29, Issue 4 of the Public Policy & Aging Report, now available online. In the special issue, “Is Aging Still a Disease? Perspectives from Geroscience”, the AFAR-affiliated authors demonstrate that through interventions that impact the aging process itself, rather than through a focus on individual diseases, the scientific community can achieve a greater impact on both life and health expectancies. The experts argue that aging itself is not a disease, but rather is the biggest risk factor for a wide range of chronic diseases. This is a central tenet of the emerging…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on Centenarian research, Geroscience, and more on Norma Kamali podcast

Dec 23
2019

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on Centenarian research, Geroscience, and more on Norma Kamali podcast

On November 27, 2019, Normalife!—the podcast of legendary fashion designer Norma Kamali—featured AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD. Dr. Barzilai shared a wide range of insights on the biology of aging and his research projects including Centenarian studies. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, and 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner. He is also theDirector at the Institute for Aging Research and distinguished Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Listen to…


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Experts in the News: Yuji Ikeno co-authors research on why visceral fat increases with age in Cell Metabolism

Dec 18
2019

Experts in the News: Yuji Ikeno co-authors research on why visceral fat increases with age in Cell Metabolism

On December 5, 2019, Cell Metabolism published research co-authored by AFAR expert Yuji Ikeno, MD, PhD. The study explroes why visceral fat increases with age and points to new treatment possibilities for improving metabolic health. Dr. Ikeno is a 2000 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient. He is also a Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. Read the research, “Aging Induces an NIrp3 Inflammasome-Dependent Expansion of Adipose B Cells That Impairs Metabolic Homeostasis”, here. Read a summary of the research, “Research Brief: Study shows why visceral fat increases with…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad on how telomeres length in Medium’s One Zone

Dec 18
2019

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad on how telomeres length in Medium’s One Zone

On December 5, 2019, Medium.com’s OneZero featured insights from AFAR expert Steven N. Austad, PhD, in an article on “anti-aging” treatments claiming to lengthen telomeres to increase healthspan. Dr. Austad explains how is no research-based evidence that lengthening telomeres can increase healthspan. Dr. Austad is AFAR’s Scientific Director. He is also a distinguished professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as Co Principle-Investigator of the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging Coordinating Center. Read the article, “Scientists Dodge FDA…


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Experts in the News: Barzilai, Campisi, and Rando research on inflammation & age-related diseases in Nature Medicine

Dec 18
2019

Experts in the News: Barzilai, Campisi, and Rando research on inflammation & age-related diseases in Nature Medicine

On December 5, 2019, Nature Medicine published research co-authored by AFAR experts Nir Barziali, MD, Judith Campisi, PhD, and Thomas Rando, MD, exploring how systemic chronic inflammation is connected to several diseases, and suggest potential strategies for advancing early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Deputy Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, a 2010 Irving S. Wright Award winner, and the  Director at the Institute for Aging Research and distinguished Professor at the Albert Einstein College of…


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Announcing 2019 AFAR grantees, receiving more than 3.7 million in support

Dec 18
2019

Announcing 2019 AFAR grantees, receiving more than 3.7 million in support

AFAR is pleased to announce the 2019 grantees. This year, AFAR grant programs are providing more than $3.7 million in support to 49 investigators and students. Since 1981, AFAR grant programs have provided more than $181 million to nearly 4,200 talented investigators and students. Every year, grantees are selected through a rigorous review process by committees of experts in aging research and related areas. With the support of an AFAR grant, their research will advance interventions to help us all live healthier for longer and delay age-related diseases. Learn more about the 2019 AFAR grantees here.


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Expert in the News: Bess Frost awarded TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine

Dec 10
2019

Expert in the News: Bess Frost awarded TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine

Congratulations to AFAR expert Bess Frost, PhD, on receiving the TAMEST 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Medicine for her work changing the way we look at Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Frost is a 2016 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease recipient, and an Assistant Professor at the Barshop Institute at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. Dr. Frost will be honored during the O’Donnell Awards dinner and reception on January 8, 2020. Congratulations! Read the press release, “Bess Frost recognized for changing approach to Alzheimer’s research,” here. Learn more…


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Grantee in the News: Bruce Troen on increasing healthspan with NIA grant on NPR

Dec 10
2019

Grantee in the News: Bruce Troen on increasing healthspan with NIA grant on NPR

On December 2, 2019, NPR Buffalo featured the insights of AFAR expert Bruce Troen, MD, on the research necessary to increase healthspan and improve the lives of older adults. Dr. Troen is a 1990 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo. The feature follows a five-year, $750,000 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to the Center for Successful Aging, where Dr. Troen is the Director. Listen…


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Expert in the News: Domenico Praticò research on olive oil improving brain activity & reducing reduces risk of dementia in Aging Cell

Dec 09
2019

Expert in the News: Domenico Praticò research on olive oil improving brain activity & reducing reduces risk of dementia in Aging Cell

On November 24, 2019, Aging Cell published research by AFAR expert Domenico Praticò, MD, that explores how consuming olive oil improves brain activity and memory while decreasing the accumulation of tau, reducing the risk of dementia. Dr. Praticò is a 1997 and 1999 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient. He is also a Scott Richards North Star Charitable Foundation Chair for Alzheimer’s Research, a Professor of Pharmacology, a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, and a Professor and Director of the Alzheimer’s Center at Temple University. Read the research, “Extra virgin olive…


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Experts in the News: Tamara Fong, Sharon Inouye, and Edward Marcantonio research on genetic risk factor & post-op delirium in Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal

Dec 05
2019

Experts in the News: Tamara Fong, Sharon Inouye, and Edward Marcantonio research on genetic risk factor & post-op delirium in Alzheimer’s & Dementia journal

On November 21, 2019, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association published research co-authored by AFAR experts Tamara Fong, PhD, Sharon K. Inouye, MD, and Edward Marcantonio, MD. Their study explores a genetic risk factor— the APOE ɛ4  gene--for Alzheimer’s disease that may indirectly influence patients’ risk of postoperative delirium. Dr. Fong is a 1995 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program awardee, as well as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Inouye is a 1989 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior…


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Experts in the News: Hanyu Liang and Adam Salmon research tests Metformin and Acarbose to assess healthspan of marmosets in Newswise

Dec 10
2019

Experts in the News: Hanyu Liang and Adam Salmon research tests Metformin and Acarbose to assess healthspan of marmosets in Newswise

On December 4, 2019, Newswise spotlighted research by AFAR experts Hanyu Liang, PhD, and Adam Salmon, PhD, measuring the effectiveness and safety of Metformin and Acarbose on marmosets to assess healthspan benefits. Dr. Liang is a 2003 Diana Jacobs Kalman/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Salmon is a 2013 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient. He is also an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health in San Antonio. …


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