This is the May 2016 Healthspan Campaign enewsletter.
Aging Research Headlines
Meet Allyson Palmer: Part of Healthspan Research’s Next Generation
In this edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with 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. Read more about Allyson.
Disease Drivers of Aging Summit Follow-Up
Last month, the Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City proved to be a worthy successor to the 2013 conference. In addition to our own account of the two days, there are a couple of articles that detailed the event. Writer Jennifer J. Brown, Ph.D., wrote a summary of the summit for Everyday Health. Liz Seegert of the Association of Health Care Journalists also posted an article on the AHCJ website. We'll keep you posted with additional details as they come out.
Twitter Chat on Nutrition, Malnutrition, and Healthy Aging
On May 23, the Alliance for Aging Research and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University hosted a Twitter Chat on nutrition and healthy aging. Topics will include: the basics of nutrition and its role in our health, how to respond to changing nutrition needs as we age, the role of supplements in health, and recognizing and treating malnourishment. You can check out an archived version of the chat here.
Expert Explores 'Geroscience Approaches to Increase Healthspan'
Simon Melov, Ph.D., from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging recently published an article that explores "popular model systems used in geroscience research and their utility as possible tools in preclinical studies in aging." He discusses issues such as technology in research, study of invertebrate models, and pharmacological interventions to extend healthspan. To read the article, go here.
Helpful Infographics about Healthspan
The National Institute on Aging has released a new infographic that offers tips on how to practice healthy aging. You can get it here. Speaking of infographics, last month, we shared a new infographic that gives a visual representation of the issue of healthspan. It illustrates the aging of the U.S. population, the associated challenges that await, and the promise of research. We encourage you to use it in your own outreach efforts! You can view and download it here.
A Project for Healthspan Extension...of DogsAt the University of Washington, there's a study called the Dog Aging Project. It's headed up by Daniel Promislow, Ph.D., and Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D. Its purpose is to "increase the healthy lifespan of pet dogs by targeting the aging process directly." Recently, their research into the potential of rapamycin has garnered much media attention. To learn more about the Dog Aging Project, go here.
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Urinary Incontinence: Application Now AvailableUrinary 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 October 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 and be sure to submit your application by Monday, June 13.
45th Annual Conference of the American Aging Association, Seattle, WA, June 1-2, 2016
Registration and a call for abstracts for the 2016 American Aging Association annual meeting are now open. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the first Nathan Shock Center summit in Seattle in June. For all of the details, please go here.
Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research, Bar Harbor, ME, June 19-July 3, 2016
The Comparative and Experimental Approaches to Aging Biology Research course, hosted by the MDI Biological Laboratory, is a two-week intensive research training course using comparative models and approaches to explore biological aging. Course programming includes expert guest lecturers with catered receptions as a part of professional development and networking within the aging research community. In addition, a representative from the NIA will discuss important considerations for obtaining grant funding. Models include C. elegans, Drosophila, mice, and African turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri). The course emphasizes the advantages of each model system for addressing mechanisms relevant to the biology of human aging. More information can be found here.
The International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD), Stanford University, October 1-2, 2016The 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.