Aging Research Headlines
Healthspan Expert Q & A with Dr. Gerard Karsenty Is Now Available
In the latest edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we speak 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.
GeroScience Interest Group Will Host Summer Seminar
The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will host its summer seminar on July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus. The seminar, titled "Hematopoeietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," will feature a presentation by Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center. Find more information here.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil May Be Key to Preserving Memory
A recent study from the research team at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University found extra-virgin olive oil acts as a barrier against cognitive decline. The results of the study concluded that olive oil protects memory and reduces the buildup of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain. Read more here.
Brain Training App May Improve Mild Cognitive Impairment
A research team at the University of Cambridge developed an app to improve cognition in people with "amnesic mild cognitive impairment," which is considered a potential precursor to dementia. The researchers found the study's participants who used the program improved their memory by 40 percent. Read more here.
Early Research Suggest Metformin May Release Healthspan
Metformin, a generic drug used to treat diabetes, could be the key to a longer life. Experiments in animal models found the drug increases the lifespans of the organisms. Dr. Nir Barzilai of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine began a clinical trial in 2015 to investigate how the drug compared to a placebo. The five-year study, called "Targeting Aging with Metformin," or TAME, tests if the drug can delay "age-related diseases and compress morbidity." 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