Welcome to the January 2016 Healthspan Campaign enewsletter.
Aging Research Headlines
A Year in the Life of Six New Yorkers Age 85 and Over
John Leland from The New York Times spent the last year getting to know six older adults from New York City who are age 85 and over. There's Helen Moses, who has found love. And Frederick Jones, whose life we are sure needs to be made into a movie. And Ping Wong, who says, despite the constant pain in her joints, “Time is short, I know. No matter how much time I have I will laugh. The everyday activities I do will make myself happier. I prolong it by myself." Leland wrote a series of articles about these fascinating older adults and their experiences. You can read them here.
First Step in Reduction of Stem Cell Dysfunction and Metabolic Disease May Be Possible, Say Experts
Experts at the Mayo Clinic have made advances in what they say could be the first stride toward the prevention and reversal of age-related metabolic disease and stem cell dysfunction, including diabetes. Study results were published in the journal eLife. Notes senior study author James Kirkland, M.D., Ph.D., “Our work supports the possibility that by using specific drugs that target senescent cells—cells that contribute to frailty and disease associated with age—we could stop human senescent cells from releasing toxic proteins that are contributing to diabetes and breakdowns in stem cells in older individuals." Learn more here.
New Book on Extension of Healthspan and Biology of Aging Published
A new book focused on extension of healthspan, the biology of aging, and the potential effects of delaying aging was published in December. Titled Aging: The Longevity Dividend, it features a series of essays from leading experts in the field of healthspan research, including Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D., and others. To learn more about the book, go here.
Research Yields 40 Percent Increase in Lifespan of Lab Mice
A report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) details how researchers improved the lifespan of lab mice by as much as 40 percent by increasing the levels of a hormone known as FGF21. This is the first study to "suggest that FGF21 can protect against age-related decline of immune function in mice, a finding that could have big implications for humans," researchers say. See more here.
Could Having More Children Extend Telomere Length?
A new study finds that the number of children a woman has could have an effect on the rate at which her body's cells age. The experts discovered in a study of 75 Guatemalan women that those who had more children exhibited longer telomeres. This study offers evidence that counters the theory that having more children accelerates the aging process. Learn more here.
SENS Research Foundation Summer Scholars Program Now Open for Applications
The SRF Summer Scholars Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease. Under the guidance of one or more scientific mentors, each Summer Scholar is responsible for his or her own research project. The Summer Scholars Program emphasizes development of not only laboratory skills but communication skills as well. Students participating in the program will develop writing skills via periodic reports throughout the internship and presentation skills via a poster presentation at a SRF-sponsored conference at the end of the Program. Paid positions are available at world-renowned research institutions, including the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Harvard University, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Scripps Research Institute, SENS Research Foundation Research Center, University of Oxford, and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Applications are being accepted through February 1, 2016. To learn more and apply go here.
Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit, New York City, April 13-14, 2016The New York Academy of Sciences, together with the NIH Geroscience Interest Group, the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Federation for Aging Research will present the Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit on April 13–14, 2016, in New York City. This landmark event will convene basic, translational, and clinical researchers from academic institutions, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations who work in the disparate fields of HIV/AIDS, oncology, diabetes, and aging research in an effort to better understand the complex relationship between chronic diseases and age-associated decline. For more information, please go here.
International Conference on Sarcopenia and Frailty Research, Philadelphia, PA, April 28-29, 2016
Mark your calendars for April 28-29, 2016, for the next International Conference on Sarcopenia and Frailty Research (ICSFR2016). It will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. For more information, go here.
Ninth CR Society Conference, Tucson, AZ, May 18-21, 2016
Calorie Restriction Society International, a membership organization that supports research, mutual support, and advocacy for human CR as a potential intervention against aging, is excited to announce the next in its long series of conferences. The upcoming event will be held in Tucson, Ariz., from May 18-21, 2016, at the Hilton Tucson East Hotel, near the campus of the University of Arizona. Members of the group form the core of the human CR studies by Drs. Luigi Fontana and John Holloszy of Washington University at St. Louis. Since 2001, the sesquiannual CR Society Conferences have brought together CR and other researchers with CR practitioners, with presentations featuring biogerontologists working with the CR paradigm and a small number of non-CR biogerontologists and nutrition researchers. This year’s speakers include Drs. Richard Miller, William Sonntag, Thomas Seyfried, John Speakman, Stephen Spindler, Jeffrey Volek, and others. Learn more here.
The International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD), Stanford University, October 1-2, 2016
The International Society on Aging and Disease's 2016 ICAD Conference is one of the leading international conferences for presenting novel and fundamental advances in the fields of aging and age-related disease. The purpose of the conference is for the scientists, scholars, and students from the universities and the research institutes all around the world to present ongoing research activities and hence to foster research relations. This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face-to-face, to establish research or business relations, and to find global partners for future collaboration. It also serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in fighting aging and age-related disease. For more information, please go here.