Aging Research Headlines
New Global Index Measures Health and Well-Being of Older Adults
Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics have developed an index that estimates how countries are "adapting to the dramatic increases in the number and proportion of older persons." The index uses five social and economic indicators to measure the well-being of aging adults. Learn more here.
Researchers' Findings Could Lead to Extended Longevity
A research team at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that "stem cells in the brain's hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body." Though the finding was made in mice models, scientists hope the discovery leads to new ways to fight off age-related diseases and lifespan extension. Learn more here.
Sleep Apnea May Adversely Impact Healthspan
Recent research discovered that sleep apnea, which is a condition that causes a person to briefly stop breathing while asleep, could aggravate several cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Over 100 million people are affected by the condition, but many cases are undiagnosed. New evidence found that untreated sleep apnea could be connected to age-related diseases such as dementia and diabetes. This in turn could affect healthspan. Learn more here.
Researchers Say Vascular Health Could Impact Risk of Dementia
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded a long-term study that found middle-aged Americans with vascular health risk factors may have a greater chance of developing dementia. "Our results contribute to a growing body of evidence linking midlife vascular health to dementia," said Dr. Rebecca Gottesman, professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University. "These are modifiable risk factors. Our hope is that by addressing these types of factors early, people can reduce the chances that they will suffer from dementia later in life." Learn more here.
ICYMI: Expert Q & A with Dr. Gerard Karsenty on Bone Biology and Aging
In the latest edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we spoke with Dr. Gerard Karsenty, the Paul A. Marks M.D., professor and chair of the department of Genetics and Development at Columbia University Medical Center about his research into bone biology and its effect on aging. Read more here.
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline, Bethesda, Md., October 2-3, 2017
The American Geriatics Society (AGS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are sponsoring a conference focused on sensory impairment and cognitive decline. The conference is the first in a new three-part series of U13 Bench-to-Bedside Conferences. The event will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research, participate in creating recommendations for future research, and network with colleagues and leaders in the field.
Applications are due by June 9, 2017 and applicants will be notified if they are invited to participate by the end of July.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. At least 1-2 years of research experience in a related field.
2. Hold an MD or PhD or equivalent degree.
3. Have an academic appointment as a research fellow, instructor, or faculty member.
For more information on participating or to learn more about the conference, contact Elisha Medina-Gallagher, Manager for Special Projects at [email protected] or 212-308-1414