Aging Research Headlines
Events Planned in More Than 30 Countries for International Longevity Day on October 1
Last month we shared about a special worldwide campaign being held on October 1, International Longevity Day. Spearheaded by Healthspan Campaign partner the International Society on Aging and Disease (ISOAD), this campaign seeks to bring awareness to the vital importance of longevity research. Since last month, the list of countries in which events are planned has grown to more than 30. You can follow all of the latest news on its Facebook page.
Expert Jason Karlawish on Alzheimer's, Bioethics, and the Future of Medicine
This article features Jason Karlawish, M.D., a professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and his pioneering work in bioethics. His research in the field of Alzheimer's disease clinical trials is highlighted in the article. Beyond his medical research, Karlawish has also found time to write a novel.
New Video on Value of NIH Released
Healthspan Campaign partner the Alliance for Aging Research has released a video that calls on President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, and members of Congress to work together to increase funding in support of the valuable work of the National Institutes of Health. It features real people who are passionate about the difference medical research has made in their lives; they are living proof of the impact of the NIH. It was introduced at this year's Rally for Medical Research on September 17.
Buck Institute Researchers Make Discovery Linking Rapamycin and Parkinson's
Researchers at Healthspan Campaign partner the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have found that the drug rapamycin prevented Parkinson's "in middle-age mice that were genetically fated to develop the incurable neurodegenerative motor disease." In addition, the study also revealed "a new understanding of the role parkin plays in cellular dynamics, one that challenges the current dogma in PD research and presents new opportunities for drug discovery."
Clinical Trial Reveals Calorie Restriction Reduces Risk Factors for Age-Related Disease
A NIH-supported study offers some of the first clues on the effect of sustained calorie restriction in adults. While the two-year clinical trial revealed "calorie restriction in normal-weight and moderately overweight people failed to have some metabolic effects found in laboratory animal studies," it did find it "modified risk factors for age-related diseases and influenced indicators associated with longer life span, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, and insulin resistance."
Joint NIA-AGS Conference on Sleep, Bethesda, Md., October 4-6
Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, and Aging: New Avenues for Improving Brain Health, Physical Health, and Functioning—the second in a three-part series of U13 Bedside-to-Bench Conferences—will be held October 4-6 in Bethesda, Md. Sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, the conference will provide attendees across multiple disciplines 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 more information.
Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, Fla., November 18-22, 2015
GSA's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting brings together more than 4,000 of the brightest minds in the field of aging. This meeting is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world. They participate in over 450 scientific sessions including symposia, paper, and poster presentations. The 2015 theme is “Aging as a Lifelong Process,” which highlights the fact that what gerontologists study is actually the cumulative outcome of lifelong events that culminate during old age. These effects, which can begin at the earliest stage of fetal development, encompass biology, social interactions, historical events, psychological experiences, and public policy. Importantly, the life-course effects on aging are best viewed through the interdisciplinary lens that is the signature feature of GSA. For more information, go here.
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 universities and 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.