Expert Todd T. Brown on HIV and Aging Research

dr-brownFor this edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Todd T. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins University, about HIV and how it affects the healthspan of older adults. We also discuss his research.

Q: Could you please tell us more about your background as a researcher?

TB: I’m an endocrinologist who has been working in the area of metabolic and endocrine abnormalities in HIV-infected persons for the past 15 years. My areas of interest are hypogonadism, osteoporosis, diabetes, and body composition changes in HIV infection, particularly as they relate to aging-related outcomes such as frailty and cardiovascular disease.

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Experts Gather at 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit


The Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit brought together the nation’s top science experts, as well as various associated stakeholders, to the New York Academy of Sciences in New York City on April 13 and 14 for presentations and discussions about advances in the field of geroscience.

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Aging and the U.S. Population: A Q & A with Dr. Dana Goldman

In our latest Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Dana Goldman, Ph.D., professor and Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, about aging demographics in the U.S. Please note Dr. Goldman’s opinions are his own.

5/4/15 Los Angeles, CA USC Schaeffer Photo by: Steve Cohn (310) 277-2054 © 2015

Q: Please give us a background into your interest into the aging of the U.S. population?

DG: Ironically, I first became interested in aging when I was studying obesity in younger populations. We all know obesity is a public health problem, and we were studying the value of interventions to reduce weight at earlier ages. However, it soon became clear that such interventions are not well-targeted and hence can be very expensive. We started to look at prevention at older ages, and what we found was that interventions at older ages Continue reading

Expert Steven N. Austad on Aging Research, a National Geographic Channel Special (and Training Lions)

For this edition of the Healthspan Campaign Expert Q & A, we talk with Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology, and scientific director for the American Federation for Aging Research, about his world travels, his work in the lab, and his participation in this month’s National Geographic Channel special on aging.

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Today Is International Longevity Day

Every year the United Nations recognizes today, October 1, as its International Day of Older Persons to raise awareness about issues affecting older adults as well as to appreciate the contributions older adults make to global society.

For the Healthspan Campaign, today represents a perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the rising implications of global aging, something we talk about a lot, and the promise of research to slow down the aging process. So it’s with great pleasure that we give you news about the “International Longevity Day” initiative being conducted by our campaign partners, the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD), to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for older adults. ISOAD’s efforts have resulted in events being held in more than 40 countries around the globe today. We salute ISOAD’s devotion to bringing recognition to aging research. To keep track of today’s events visit the International Longevity Day Facebook page. 

We also would like to share a short video about why aging research can be a global gamechanger. Watch it below.


An Aging Global Population and Healthspan’s Potential, Part 2

This is Part 2 of our interview with Victor Basiuk, Ph.D., a well-published expert on the impact of science and technology on international relations and national security policy, on an aging global population and the potential of healthspan. Please note Dr. Basiuk’s opinions are his own. Please go here to see Part 1.

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Welcome to Our Newest Partner

HNRCA_USDA_BluewithTUFTSWe would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Healthspan Campaign partner organization:  The Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA).  A part of Tufts University in Boston, Mass., the HNRCA is “one of the largest research centers in the world studying nutrition and physical activity in healthy and active aging and the prevention of age-related disease.”

Be on the look out for an upcoming interview in which we learn more about its work in helping to extend healthspan.