Aging Research Headlines
Study Looks to 'TAME' Aging
Healthspan Campaign partner the Albert Einstein College of Medicine was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal about its groundbreaking new study called Targeting/Taming Aging With Metformin, or TAME. We had the chance to speak with Nir Barzilai, M.D., director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein College of Medicine and scientific co-director of the American Federation for Aging Research, to learn more about it. Read more about the TAME study.
Q & A with International Relations Expert Dr. Victor Basiuk
Victor Basiuk, Ph.D., is a well-published expert on the impact of science and technology on international relations and national security policy. He recently co-published an article with Huber Warner, Ph.D., in the journal Economic Annals-XXI titled “Will a Breakthrough in Science Modify World History?" We had the privilege of doing a Q & A with Dr. Basiuk in which we talked about some of the topics discussed in the article. Go here for Dr. Basiuk's Q & A.
May 15 Marks 170th Anniversary of Gerontology Pioneer
On May 15, the 170th anniversary of Elie Metchnikoff, the Nobel laureate in medicine and the founder of gerontology, will be recognized. Metchnikoff is one of the pioneers of aging research. To honor his legacy, an international initiative has been launched to commemorate his many achievements. To learn more, please see this info page on the initiative.
Buck Institute to Partner with Calico to Study Biology of Aging
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, a Healthspan Campaign partner, has announced a partnership with Calico, a company focused on aging research and therapeutics, to conduct research into the biology of aging and to identify potential therapeutics for age-related diseases. “We are excited to forge this new partnership with Calico, which represents a unique way for academic researchers focused on aging and the biotech industry to work together,” said Brian K. Kennedy, Ph.D., Buck Institute president and CEO. “It’s a great partnership between two organizations aimed at helping people live longer healthier lives, and we look forward to collaborating with their team.” Learn more at this partnership between the Buck Institute and Calico.
Teen Who Raised Awareness about Progeria Passes Away
Hayley Okines, who raised awareness about Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, or Progeria, passed away at age 17 this month. Hayley, of Bexhill, England, was diagnosed with the condition as an infant. Audrey Gordon, Esq., president and executive director of Healthspan Campaign partner the Progeria Research Foundation, told ABC News, "She was a pioneer -- one of the first participants in the clinical drug trials and other research that initiated our progress toward treatments and cure -- and one of the reasons that we now have the first treatment for Progeria. It took tremendous courage and determination by Hayley, her family, and others like them to bring us to this point of progress, and we join her family and millions of people around the world in mourning her passing." Read more about Hayley's legacy.
A4 Study Seeks to Find Cure for Alzheimer's Disease
The Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study, or A4 for short, is a landmark clinical trial that seeks to help find a cure for this debilitating condition. It is testing whether a new investigational treatment known as an anti-amyloid antibody can slow down memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. This study was just featured in the May issue of Prevention Magazine.
Joint NIA-AGS Conference on Sleep: Application Now Available
Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Aging: New Avenues for Improving Brain Health, Physical Health, and Functioning—the second in a three-part series of U13 Bedside-to-Bench Conferences—will be held October 4-6 in Bethesda, Md. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, the conference will provide attendees across multiple disciplines with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research, participate in creating recommendations for future research, and network with colleagues and leaders in the field. Click here for more information. Make sure to submit your application by June 1.
Global Health and Aging Internship Opportunity
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is accepting applications for the fall 2015 Clarence Pearson Internship in Global Health and Aging. Hosted at AFAR’s office in Manhattan, the paid semester-long experience is designed for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary research in aging worldwide. Applications are due June 8. For more information, please visit here or contact [email protected].
Call for Proposals to Present at AiA16
The Call for Proposals to present at the American Society on Aging (ASA) 2016 Aging in America Conference is now open! Mark your calendar and plan to join ASA on March 20–24, 2016, in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. Submit a proposal to share your research, business or program model, policy agendas, and successful outcomes. Symposium and workshop opportunities are limited, so plan to submit your proposal early! ASA seeks presentations that share new models, innovative programs, and research-to-practice. This is an unparalleled opportunity to share your program developments and new ideas with this conference community of nearly 3,000 multidisciplinary professionals who, like you, are working to improve the lives of older adults. The deadline to submit is June 1, 2015. Proposals will be reviewed and accepted in the order in which they were submitted. Go to here to submit.
Healthy Aging Summit, July 27-28, Washington, D.C.
Registration is now open for the 2015 Healthy Aging Summit. Its goals are to: (1) Explore the science on healthy aging; (2) Identify knowledge gaps that need to be filled; (3) Promote the role of prevention and preventive services in improving quality of life in later years; and (4) Mobilize action to improve the delivery of care for those aging in place or in transition. Go here for more information.