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Mar 19
2020

Webinar | "COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging Move Us Forward?" | Tues March 24

  On Tuesday, March, 24, 2020, AFAR hosted a webinar, "COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging move us Forward?"   In a webinar designed for members of the scientific and aging community and health media, AFAR convened experts in immune health, geriatrics, and therapeutics to share their insights.   COVID-19: Can the Science of Aging move us Forward? Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 1PM EDT Featuring Nir Barzilai, MD, Sean Leng, MD, PhD, George Kuchel, MD, and Joan Mannick, MD. WATCH Clips HERE. This webinar: - Provided an epidemiological update on the Coronavirus in older adults and explained special health care considerations for older…


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Expert in the News: Ben Cosgrove’s AFAR-funded research catalogs the activity of every cell involved in muscle repair in Cell Reports

Mar 12
2020

Expert in the News: Ben Cosgrove’s AFAR-funded research catalogs the activity of every cell involved in muscle repair in Cell Reports

On March 10, 2020, Cell Reports published new research led by AFAR expert Ben Cosgrove, PhD, that used new cellular profiling technology to probe and catalog the activity of almost every kind of cell involved in muscle repair. Dr. Cosgrove is a 2018 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, as well as an Assistant Professor at the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. This research was funded in part by Dr. Cosgrove’s AFAR Junior Faculty grant. Read the research, “Single-Cell Analysis of the Muscle Stem Cell Hierarchy Identifies Heterotypic Communication Signals Involved…


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Announcing the new Clin-STAR Coordinating Center

Mar 12
2020

Announcing the new Clin-STAR Coordinating Center

AFAR is pleased to announce the launch of the Clin-STAR Coordinating Center in collaboration with three academic resource centers at Yale University, John Hopkins University, and the University of California, San Francisco. Funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Clin-STAR seeks to advance transdisciplinary research, training, and career development in aging. This effort will build a highly-networked, national platform that will organize activities and provide resources for clinician-scientists in aging research from disparate disciplines. Learn more about Clin-STAR on the NIA’s blog, “Clin-STAR: Building on the GEMSSTAR Initiative” here.


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Expert in the News: Malaz Boustani research on how music decreasing ICU patient delirium in the American Journal of Critical Care

Mar 12
2020

Expert in the News: Malaz Boustani research on how music decreasing ICU patient delirium in the American Journal of Critical Care

On March 1, 2020, the American Journal of Critical Care published new research co-authored by AFAR expert Malaz Boustani, MD, MPH, on how listening to music decreases delirium in patients on mechanical ventilators in intensive care units. 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…


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Experts in the News: Valter Longo on the harm of following nutritional and dietary advice from Silicon Valley tech influencers in Well+Good

Mar 10
2020

Experts in the News: Valter Longo on the harm of following nutritional and dietary advice from Silicon Valley tech influencers in Well+Good

On March 6, Well+Good featured insights from AFAR expert Valter Longo, PhD, on the potential harm of following nutritional advice from technology company founders and influencers who are not certified practitioners. 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. Longo previously presented a webinar with Satchidananda Panda, PhD, on his fasting-mimicking diet, caloric restriction, and the…


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Board Member in the News: Steven Austad lends expertise on sex chromosomes and longevity in The Guardian

Mar 10
2020

Board Member in the News: Steven Austad lends expertise on sex chromosomes and longevity in The Guardian

On March 3, The Guardian featured insights from AFAR expert Steven Austad, PhD, on new research that connects having two copies of the same sex chromosome with increased longevity. Dr. Austad is AFAR’s Senior 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, “Mystery of lifespan gap between sexes may be solved, say researchers,” here.


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Board Member in the News: BBC Radio 4 interviews S. Jay Olshansky on presidential candidates healthspan

Mar 09
2020

Board Member in the News: BBC Radio 4 interviews S. Jay Olshansky on presidential candidates healthspan

On March 4, BBC Radio 4 interviewed AFAR board member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on the age of the presidential candidates. In the interview, Dr. Olshansky emphasizes that healthspan – not chronological age – matters most when assessing the candidates. The interview also highlights Dr. Olshansky’s recent AFAR-published whitepaper, “Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election.” 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…


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the potential of raising the life expectancy in Bloomberg Opinion

Mar 06
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on the potential of raising the life expectancy in Bloomberg Opinion

On March 4, Bloomberg Opinion featured the insights of AFAR board member S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on how aging research and drug interventions such as senolytics are poised to help extend life expectancy and years of health as we grow older. 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 Lapetus…


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Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of candidates in The Washington Post

Mar 06
2020

Board Member in the News: S. Jay Olshansky on healthspan and longevity of candidates in The Washington Post

On March 4, The Washington Post featured insights from AFAR expert S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, on how better education, wealth, and top-notch medical care impact the longevity of the presidential candidates. The article highlights Dr. Olshansky’s AFAR-published whitepaper, “Longevity and Health of U.S. Presidential Candidates for the 2020 Election,” which explains why healthspan – not chronological age – matters most when analyzing the presidential candidates. 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…


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