For 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.
For this edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Valter Longo, Ph.D., Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science at USC. He most recently gave a lecture on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases for the Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group’s (GSIG) seminar series.
Q: What led you to pursue a career in longevity research?
VL: I have worked on longevity research since I was an undergraduate. I always thought it was a great way to combine science and medicine.
The May 2016 Healthspan Campaign newsletter is out! In this issue, you’ll meet a new researcher in the field of healthspan, get an update on the 2016 Disease Drivers Summit, and learn about a Dog Aging Project. Get the May 2016 newsletter here.
In this edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with a new researcher to the field of healthspan, Allyson Palmer, an M.D.-Ph.D. student at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Allyson shares her interest in aging biology, her own research projects, and her future plans. She’s part of the next generation of experts whose research will help lead to more discoveries into why our bodies age.
Q: Can you give us some insights into your academic background?
AP: I received my B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, in 2010. During my second semester at Wooster, I became involved in the research lab of my Continue reading →
Americans are living longer, but many of them aren’t spending those years in good health. It’s a message we share often on this site, and it’s why we are so passionate about healthspan research. We’ve already made a movie about it called The Healthspan Imperative. Now we would like to share an infographic about it as well. If you are new to the idea of the importance of extension of healthspan, we invite you to consult the infographic below:
The April 2016 Healthspan Campaign newsletter is now available! Get the latest on news from the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit, a new healthspan infographic, and more! Get the April 2016 newsletter here.
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.
In October 2013, the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit provided an introduction to the field of geroscience, which explores the common connections between aging and disease. Discussions from the conference produced a consensus on the seven “pillars of aging:” adaption to stress, epigenetics, inflammation, macromolecular damage, metabolism, proteostasis, and stem cells and regeneration. Through study of these processes, experts hope to find ways to slow down aging and thus reduce the risk for all chronic diseases.
According to Felipe Sierra, Ph.D., director, Division of Aging Biology at the National Institute on Aging, “When we had the 2013 summit, it was a quite a success. People were energized.”
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.
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 →
For 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 … Continue reading →