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AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging

Feb 2

AFAR in the News: AFAR featured in Jane Brody’s New York Times column on Healthy Aging View MoreBACK

On February 1, 2016, in her popular Well column in The New York Times, Jane E. Brody spotlighted AFAR in the feature, “Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging.”  This piece also featured Scientific Director Steven Austad, PhD Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MDboard members James Kirkland, MD, PhD, and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, as well as two-time grantee Sofiya Milman, MD.

The article described how AFAR and our affiliated scientists seek to compress morbidity by identifying drugs that can slow the rate of aging and costly development of chronic disease, framing the larger goal and health and socioeconomic impact of the TAME (Taming Aging with Metformin) trial that AFAR is helping spearhead.
Brody describes the biomedical research that AFAR champions as “new approach to healthier aging, which may –or may not-- be accompanied by longer life.” 

Brody also highlighted the new research book “Aging: The Longevity Dividend” co-edited by Kirkland and Olshansky with AFAR Scientific Director Emeritus George M. Martin, MD, that features essays a range of AFAR board members and grantees.

Read Brody’s “Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging” column here.

Steven Austad, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Nir Barzilai, MD, is the Director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a two-time AFAR grant recipient.

James Kirkland, MD, PhD, is the director of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging at the Mayo Clinic and the 2012 recipient of a Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award.

S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Research Associate at the Center on Aging at the University of Chicago and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Sofiya Milman is an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University.

While aging is inevitable, disease and disability don't have to be.  AFAR’s mission is to find new ways to help every American live healthier, longer.  Learn more here.