Aging Research Headlines
Panel Discussion Takes Closer Look at the Value of Healthy Aging
Last month, the Alliance for Aging Research and the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted a panel discussion, titled "Maximizing the Value of Healthy Aging to Society," to discuss the work of Dr. David Wise and the broader issues related to older adults. The panelists also spoke about preventative methods to extend healthspan, and ways the government can place more focus on long-term care and aging issues. For a recap of the event, go here.
Dementia Proteins Don't Affect Memory in Some People, Researchers Say
A small number of older adults in their 90s maintain excellent memory, despite having the presence of Alzheimer's plaques in their brains, researchers at Northwestern University say. The researchers' findings are the first to indicate that Alzheimer's pathology can exist in the brains of older adults with high-functioning memories. Learn more here.
New Campaign Aims to Combat Effects of Loneliness Among Older Adults
Loneliness affects millions of older adults and researchers find that loneliness may be associated with disability, cognitive decline, and early death. To combat the ill effects of isolation, the AARP Foundation and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging have launched a campaign to assist older adults in creating new bonds with other people, as well as highlighting the issue of isolation among older adults. To learn more about the campaign, go here.
Gut Microbes Influence Risk of Eye Disease, Researchers Say
Researchers at the University of Montreal say changes in the gut's bacteria, like those brought on by a fat-rich diet, can cause long-term inflammation throughout the entire body and promote age-related macular degeneration (AMD). "Influencing the types of microbes that reside in your gut either through diet or by other means may thus affect the chances of developing AMD and progression of this blinding disease." says researcher Dr. Przemyslaw Sapieha. Read more here.
Distractions May Help the Aging Brain, Researchers Say
In a study published in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, researchers say reduced focus may provide some benefits among people over age 50. "...A distraction in one setting can actually be useful information in another setting, and the more information your have, the better able you're going to be to address a current problem," says the study's co-author Lynn Hasher. Read the study here.
Progeria Research Foundation Seeks Proposals for Research on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, March 21, 2017
The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF) is the only organization in the world dedicated to discovering treatments and the cure for Progeria and its aging-related disorders. Progeria is a rare, fatal, "premature aging" disease that affects children, who die of heart disease (heart attacks or stroke) at an average of 14 years - the same heart disease that affects millions of normal aging adults.
PRF encourages proposals in the areas listed below. Investigators are not limited to applications that address these priorities, but rather are encouraged to use them to better understand the needs of the field at this time.
PRF is seeking proposals that address the following priorities:
1. Discovery of biological markers of disease in HGPS that can be assessed in human and/or mouse samples. Highest priority will be given to those markers that can be assayed in easily obtainable human samples such as blood, urine, and cheek swabs. In addition, proposals that explore biomarker relevance to disease process and /or change in markers with disease treatment are encouraged.
2. Discovery and/or testing of candidate treatment compounds in both cell based and mouse models of HGPS. Of note, proposals should test compounds in a progerin-producing mouse model as the priority. Comparisons to other mouse models of disease, such as ZMPSTE24 -/- and other non-progerin producing mouse models is acceptable, but only as a comparison to progerin-producing models.
Visit the PRF Web site for complete program information.