This is the March 2016 Healthspan Campaign newsletter.
Aging Research Headlines
Why Do We Need More Geriatricians?
While there are 7,000 geriatricians practicing in the U.S. right now, there’s a larger issue. We will need many more in the coming years. According to The American Geriatrics Society, we’ll need approximately 30,000 by 2030. But why? And how can we reach this number? For insights, we turn to expert Neil Resnick, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh. You'll want to read this informative article.
Dr. Felipe Sierra on Geroscience, NIH, and a Healthspan Summit
Next month is the landmark Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City. We recently talked with Felipe Sierra, Ph.D., director, Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging, about the conference, as well as the latest activities at the NIA and in geroscience. Get his thoughts here.
Aging and the U.S. Population
We know the U.S. population is getting older, but what does that mean exactly? In this Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Dana Goldman, Ph.D., from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics about aging demographics in the U.S. Dr. Goldman is one the country's leading experts on this subject. You can read more here.
HNRCA Releases New MyPlate for Older Adults Graphic
The Jean Mayer U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University has introduced an updated MyPlate for Older Adults graphic. It "emphasizes the nutritional needs of older adults in a framework of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture." The updated graphic aims to help older Americans make smart choices in their diet. Go here for more info.
Film Series about Nutrition and Healthy Aging Debuts
The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science, has released three animated “pocket films” that explain the role of nutrition in healthy aging and highlight some of the latest findings in nutrition research. These pocket films offer an easy-to-understand, concise introduction to nutrition that both consumers and health educators can take with them anywhere on their smart phone or tablet. The films are available for viewing here and for direct download here.
Aging Process May Begin Even before Birth, Says Study
In a study that modeled pregnancy and fetal development in rats, researchers have discovered that mothers that had lower levels of oxygen in their womb produced offspring that aged more quickly. The study also finds that giving the mothers antioxidants during their pregnancy resulted in the opposite effect on their offspring: slower aging. Go here to learn more.
Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit, New York City, April 13-14, 2016
The 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 (highlighted in the Dr. Felipe Sierra article above) 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.
The Progeria Research Foundation’s Eighth International Scientific Workshop, Cambridge, MA, May 2-4, 2016
The Across the Table, Around the Globe workshop will convene clinicians and researchers with aging, cardiovascular, and Progeria expertise from all over the world to share the latest data and set the stage for future efforts to find treatments and the cure for the rapid aging disease Progeria. This three-day scientific program will include updates on Progeria clinical trials, novel outcome measures, basic science breakthroughs, and a special session in which the patients—toddlers and teens—provide their unique perspective on Progeria. To register and for more details, please 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.
45th Annual Conference of the American Aging Association, Seattle, WA, June 1-2, 2016
Registration and a call for abstracts for the 2016 American Aging Association annual meeting is now open. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the first Nathan Shock Center summit in Seattle in June. For all of the details, please go here.
Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research, Bar Harbor, ME, June 19–July 3, 2016
The Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research course, hosted by the MDI Biological Laboratory, is a two-week intensive research training course using comparative models and approaches to explore biological aging. Course programming includes expert guest lecturers with catered receptions as a part of professional development and networking within the aging research community. In addition, a representative from the NIA will discuss important considerations for obtaining grant funding. Models include C. elegans, Drosophila, mice, and African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri). The course emphasizes the advantages of each model system for addressing mechanisms relevant to the biology of human aging. More information can be found 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.