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Grantee in the News: Andrea Soranno co-authors AFAR-funded research that develops stickers-and-spacers models to read protein properties in Science

Feb 10
2020

Grantee in the News: Andrea Soranno co-authors AFAR-funded research that develops stickers-and-spacers models to read protein properties in Science

On February 7, 2020, Science published research co-authored by AFAR expert Andrea Sorrano, PhD, that developed new stickers-and-spacer models to analyze protein clumps that appear as a result of an abnormality in the process of liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS). Dr. Sorrano is a 2018 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease recipient, as well as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the Washington University in St. Louis. The research was funded in part by Dr. Sorrano’s New Investigator’s Award. Read the research, “Valence and patterning of aromatic residues determine the phase behavior of prion-like domains,…


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Experts in the News: Ned David and Nathan LeBrasseur on the removing senescent cells to expand healthspan on The Today Show

Feb 06
2020

Experts in the News: Ned David and Nathan LeBrasseur on the removing senescent cells to expand healthspan on The Today Show

On February 2, 2020, The Today Show featured insights from AFAR experts Nathaniel “Ned” David, PhD, and Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD, MS, on how removing senescent “zombie” cells can improve the effects of aging and increase healthspan and longevity. Dr. David is an AFAR board member and a 2017 Honorary Leadership Award recipient. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Unity Biotechnology. Dr. LeBrasseur is a 2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarship for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, and a 2019 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient.  He is also a Consultant, Professor, and Co-Chair of Research…


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Grantees in the News: Natan Basisty and Judith Campisi new research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence with SASP Atlas in PLOS Biology

Feb 06
2020

Grantees in the News: Natan Basisty and Judith Campisi new research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence with SASP Atlas in PLOS Biology

On January 16, 2020, PLOS Biology published new research from AFAR experts Natan Basisty, PhD, and Judith Campisi, PhD, that provides a comprehensive proteomic database of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP), for which they created the “SASP Atlas.” Their research identifies several candidate biomarkers of cellular senescence that overlap with aging markers in human plasma. Dr. Basisty is a 2015 Diana Jacobs Kalman/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Schilling Lab at the Buck Institute. Dr. Campisi is a 1990 AFAR Research Grant recipient, and a 2002 Irving S. Wright Award recipient.…


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Experts in the News: James Kirkland and Ming Xu on how transplant cells from old donors cause physical dysfunction in AFAR-funded research in Aging Cell

Feb 10
2020

Experts in the News: James Kirkland and Ming Xu on how transplant cells from old donors cause physical dysfunction in AFAR-funded research in Aging Cell

On January 23, 2020, Aging Cell published research by AFAR experts James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD, and Ming Xu, PhD, which finds that transplanting Adipose‐derived mesenchymal (ADSC) stem cells from old donors creates a senescent cell-like population and induces physical dysfunction in older mice recipients. Dr. Kirkland is AFAR’s President-Elect and a 2012 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient. He is also a distinguished Professor of Medicine and Physiology, as well as the Director at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Xu is a 2019 Glenn…


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Grantee in the News: Valter Longo interviewed on Fasting Mimicking Diet method on Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix series Goop Labs

Feb 06
2020

Grantee in the News: Valter Longo interviewed on Fasting Mimicking Diet method on Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix series Goop Labs

On January 17, Medium Elemental featured an opinion piece that determined the scientific legitimacy of each episode of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new Netflix series Goop Labs. In episode 4 of the series, Paltrow and team interview AFAR expert Valter Longo, PhD, on his signature Fasting Mimicking Diet and the benefits of calorie restriction to increase longevity and healthspan. Dr. Longo is a 1998 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, as well as a 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient. He is also the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and a Professor of Biological Sciences at the Leonard…


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