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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the importance of candidate healthspan in Bloomberg Opinion

Feb 28
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the importance of candidate healthspan in Bloomberg Opinion

On February 25, Bloomberg Opinion featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on the importance of healthspan and not chronological age when discussing the presidential candidates. The article also cites Dr. Olshansky’s recent AFAR-published whitepaper on this topic. Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Chief Scientist at…


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Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post

Feb 26
2020

Board Member in the News: Nir Barzilai on why biological age matters more than chronological age this election in The Washington Post

On February 24, The Washington Post featured insights from AFAR expert Nir Barzilai, MD, on the importance of biological age as opposed to chronological age when looking at the 2020 presidential candidate field. The recent AFAR-published whitepaper, Longevity and Health of US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election, by board member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, supports Dr. Barzilai’s statements. In the whitepaper, Dr. Olshansky emphasizes the importance of assessing healthspan-- not chronological age—when considering a presidential candidate’s fitness. Dr. Barzilai is AFAR’s Scientific Director, a 1994 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior…


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Experts in the News: Valter Longo and Satchidananda Panda’s research on the benefits of caloric restriction highlighted in Medium elemental

Feb 26
2020

Experts in the News: Valter Longo and Satchidananda Panda’s research on the benefits of caloric restriction highlighted in Medium elemental

On January 13, elemental highlighted research from AFAR experts Valter Longo, PhD, and Satchidananda Panda, PhD, in an overview history of caloric restriction and intermittent fasting, which can improve healthspan and lower the risk of age-related diseases. 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 Davis School at the University of Southern California. Dr. Panda is a 2014 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) fellow, as…


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on supercentenarian Jeanne Calment in The New Yorker

Feb 25
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on supercentenarian Jeanne Calment in The New Yorker

On February 10, 2020, The New Yorker featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on the controversial research surrounding the age of supercentenarian Jeanne Calment, who holds the record of oldest human lifespan to date. Regarding the research in question, Dr. Olshansky said, “I did not find the paper to be of a very high quality. If I were the editor, I would not have accepted it.” Dr. Olshansky is an AFAR board member and 2016 Irving S. Wright Award recipient. He is currently a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago,…


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Grantee in the News:  Malaz Boustani on OTC drugs and dementia-like symptoms Considerable

Feb 24
2020

Grantee in the News: Malaz Boustani on OTC drugs and dementia-like symptoms Considerable

On February 9, 2020, Considerable featured insights from AFAR expert Malaz Boustani, MD, on how some over-the-counter medicines may affect cognition in older adults. Dr. Boustani is a 2000 John A. Hartford Foundation’s Centers of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellow and a 2005 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient. He is also a Research Scientist in the Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute Inc. and Indiana University School of Medicine, the Director of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and a Richard M. Fairbanks Professor in Aging Research at Indiana University…


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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: 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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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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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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