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AFAR column debuts on PBS Next Avenue

Apr 26

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This month, AFAR has launched a new column with the PBS website Next Avenue, public media’s first and only national journalism service for America’s booming 50+ population, delivering vital ideas, context and perspectives on issues that matter most as we age.

The column will feature perspectives from AFAR  Scientific Director Steven Austad, Ph.D., as well as Ask the Expert interviews with AFAR investigators sharing insights on their research and tips on healthy aging.

In his debut column, “The Low Cost, All-Natural Tool for Healthy Aging,” Dr. Austad explores the range of benefits of exercise in extending healthspan and lowering the risk of major age-related diseases.

The piece also highlights research on exercise and resilence by 2002 Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging recipient, Nathan LeBrasseur, Ph.D., as featured in the PBS documentary Incredible Aging airing nationwide now.

Read Dr. Austad’s debut column on Next Avenue here.


Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Austad is also the Director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging at the University of Alabama Birmingham, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Nathan Shock Centers program, for which AFAR serves as the Coordinating Center.

Read past Huffington Post columns by Dr. Austad and AFAR Medical Officer Richard M. Besdine, M.D., click here.