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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Scott Leiser, PhD

May 22
2017

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Scott Leiser, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer. In this Grantee Spotlight interview, 2016 New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease recipient, Scott Leiser, PhD shares what inspired him to enter the field of aging research and what impact he hopes his research will make thanks to AFAR’s support. Read Dr. Leiser’s Grantee Spotlight Interview here.


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Grantee in the News: Deborah Toiber on absence of SIRT6 protein in Alzheimer’s disease patients in Cell Reports

May 15
2017

Grantee in the News: Deborah Toiber on absence of SIRT6 protein in Alzheimer’s disease patients in Cell Reports

On May 8, 2017, Cell Reports published research co-authored by 2013 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program recipient, Deborah Toiber, PhD on discovering that SIRT6 protein is severely deficient in Alzheimer's disease patients and presumably contributes to the onset of the disease. In Neuroprotective Functions for the Histone Deacetylase SIRT6, Dr. Toiber and fellow researchers noted that SIRT6 plays an important role in the DNA repair process. They observed that high levels of SIRT6 promote DNA repair, while low levels further DNA damage accumulation. In addition to Alzheimer’s disease, the research team also observed similar deficiencies…


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Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joseph Rodgers, PhD

May 15
2017

Grantee Spotlight Interview: Joseph Rodgers, PhD

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. At leading institutions nationwide, our grantees hard work, ingenuity, and leadership are advancing cutting-edge research that will help us all live healthier, longer. In this Grantee Spotlight interview, 2016 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty recipient, Joseph Rodgers, PhD shares what inspired him to enter the field of aging research and what impact he hopes his research will make thanks to AFAR’s support. Read Dr. Rodgers’s Grantee Spotlight Interview here.


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AFAR helps launch new tools to ReFrame Aging

May 12
2017

AFAR helps launch new tools to ReFrame Aging

On April 11, 2017, AFAR supported the release of a new report, research brief, and communications toolkit to help reframe the conversation on aging and address ageism. The materials were created in collaboration with seven of the nation’s leading aging-focused organizations—AARP, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, The Gerontological Society of America, Grantmakers in Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging—and created with the award-winning social research firm, FrameWorks Institute. As Leaders of Aging Organizations, the group offers 4 valuable resources for critical reflection and proactive messaging to…


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Grantee in the News: Cynthia Carlsson, Dena Dubal, and Ozioma Okonkwo co-author Alzheimer’s disease study in Neurology

May 11
2017

Grantee in the News: Cynthia Carlsson, Dena Dubal, and Ozioma Okonkwo co-author Alzheimer’s disease study in Neurology

On May 3, 2017, Neurology published research co-authored by three AFAR grantees: 2002 Merck/AFAR Junior Investigators and 2005 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient, Cynthia M. Carlsson, MD, MS; 2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty, 2009 Paul Beeson Career Development Award, and 1998 AFAR/Glenn Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, Dena B. Dubal, MD, PhD; and 2013 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging scholar, Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD. The aim of the study was to identify an early marker for Alzheimer's disease, focusing on the gene mutation called the BDNF Val66Met…


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