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Grantee and Awardee in the News: Panda and Longo’s research on circadian rhythm, fasting, and lifespan highlighted in the Washington Post

Apr 3
2018

Grantee and Awardee in the News: Panda and Longo’s research on circadian rhythm, fasting, and lifespan highlighted in the Washington Post View MoreBACK

On March 26, 2018, The Washington Post highlighted 2014 Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research recipient Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D. and 2013 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research recipient Valter D. Longo, Ph.D.

The article, “Timing your meals may help with weight loss. That’s what it seems to do in mice,” focuses on the importance of when we eat rather than what we eat.  Animal studies by Dr. Panda and other researchers have shown that “limiting food intake to a period of eight to 12 hours can boost cognitive and physical performance, and may even lengthen life span. Known as time-restricted feeding, or TRF, the approach is simple: Eat more or less what you want, but don’t consume anything before or after the allotted time.”

The piece explores circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock or sleep/wake cycle, which is a focus of Dr. Panda’s AFAR supported research.

Here, Dr. Panda notes that circadian rhythm suggests a mindfulness of when you eat, not just what you eat: “If you’re eating all the time, it messes up that pattern.”

Later in the article, Valter D. Longo’s research on fasting “in which people eat very little for five days at a time, several times a year” is highlighted.

Dr. Panda comments that compared to time restricted feeding, caloric restriction, and intermittent fasting are much more challenging. 

Read the article here.


Satchidananda Panda, Ph.D. is a Professor of the Regulator Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Dr. Valter Longo is the Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology and a Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, Leonard Davis and the Director of the USC Longevity Institute.





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