Aging Research Headlines
Q & A with Expert Valter Longo
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. Read the Q & A here.
New Study Finds Americans Are Living Longer without Disabilities
A new report released by researchers at Harvard University finds that Americans are not only enjoying longer lives than in the past, but they are also living more of them free of disabilities. The experts found that the largest improvements in healthy life expectancy came from prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease and vision problems. Learn more about the study here.
Experts Develop a Way to 'Accurately Measure' GDF11
Researchers say they have found an "accurate way" to measure GDF11, a protein that has been identified as a biomarker for aging. The experts found that "GDF11 levels do not decline with chronological age, but are associated with signs of advanced biological age, including chronic disease, frailty, and greater operative risk in older adults with cardiovascular disease." Read more about the findings here.
Women Live Longer than Men...But Why?
It's been proven through research that women have longer lifespans than men. But why? Experts Steven Austad, Ph.D., and Kathleen Fischer, Ph.D., have taken on this question in a piece that has just been published in the journal Cell Metabolism. Note the researchers, “Humans are the only species in which one sex is known to have a ubiquitous survival advantage. Indeed, the sex difference in longevity may be one of the most robust features of human biology.” Learn more here.
New Study Results Offer Hope for Reversing Memory Loss Caused by Alzheimer's Disease
The results of a small trial have given experts hope that memory loss linked to Alzheimer's disease could be reversed. According to study experts, 10 patients who had early Alzheimer's (or its precursors) showed "unprecedented improvements" after undergoing a 36-point therapeutic program. This is the first time that reversal of memory loss has been objectively demonstrated. Read more about the findings here.
ICYMI: Meet Allyson Palmer: Part of Healthspan Research’s Next Generation
Last month, we featured a new researcher in 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. Learn more about Allyson here.
The 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.
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Urinary Incontinence, Bethesda, Md., October 16-18
“Urinary Incontinence in the Elderly: A Translational Research Agenda for a Complex Geriatric Syndrome”—the third in a series of a three-part U13 Bedside-to-Bench Conference— will be held Oct. 16-18 in Bethesda, MD. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, the conference 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. Click here for the preliminary conference agenda.