Aging Research Headlines
Expert Q & A on the Role of Nutrition in Healthy Aging
In our latest installment of the Healthspan Expert Q & A series, we talk with Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph.D., senior scientist, professor of nutrition and immunology, and director, The USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. She discusses the role of nutrition in connection to healthy aging. Learn more.
Mark Your Calendars for October 1: International Longevity Day
Every year the United Nations recognizes October 1 as its International Day of Older Persons. Healthspan Campaign partner the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD) has launched a worldwide "International Longevity Day" campaign to use October 1 as an opportunity to promote the importance of aging research. ISOAD Outreach Coordinator Ilia Stambler, Ph.D., notes that this offers a "perfect opportunity to emphasize the importance of aging and longevity research for the development of effective health care for the elderly." So far events are being planned in more than 20 countries. You can learn more about the campaign here.
Find Stats on Chronic Diseases of Aging and Medical Innovation at New Silver Book® Site
Finding statistical information on conditions that affect seniors has now become quicker and easier. Healthspan Campaign partner the Alliance for Aging Research has launched a new version of the highly-respected Silver Book® reference website that offers users convenient access to its vast library of stats, facts, and infographics on diseases and conditions of older age. Check it out here.
Study Offers New Perspectives on Free Radical Theory of Aging
Scientists at Healthspan Campaign partner the Buck Institute for Research on Aging made a surprising finding in their latest research into how excess free radicals affect the aging process in mouse models. The experts witnessed accelerated wound healing in the younger mice. “This study shows that it’s essential that we look across the entire lifespan when we examine mechanisms implicated in the aging process,” says Buck Institute professor Judith Campisi, Ph.D. The findings were published in the August 3 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A Look at the Implications of Life-Prolonging Technology
An interesting article in the August 2015 edition of Health Affairs explores the impact a left ventricular assist device had on an older adult with end-stage heart failure. While it prolonged his lifespan, it also caused complications that affected his health and quality of life. You can read it here.
What Are the Secrets of Centenarians' Longevity?
Researchers say they have determined what it takes to live past 100: keep inflammation down and telomeres long. They came to this conclusion after a study of more than 1,500 centenarians. Professor Thomas von Zglinicki, of Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing, notes, “Centenarians and supercentenarians are different—put simply, they age slower. They can ward off diseases for much longer than the general population." Read more here.
Joint NIA-AGS Conference on Sleep, Bethesda, Md., October 4-6
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.
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. The conference has sent out a call for proposal papers.