Aging Research Headlines
Expert Q & A with Dr. Todd T. Brown on HIV and Aging Research
For this edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with Todd T. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins University, about HIV and how it affects the healthspan of older adults. We also discuss his research. To read the Q & A, go here.
Vaccines Aren't Just For Kids - The Importance of Shots for Older Adults
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's (n4a) Nora Super recently penned a piece in The Huffington Post on the importance of vaccinations for older adults. The story highlighted how pneumonia is the "fifth most frequent case of hospitalization in the United States", as well as n4a's partnership with the Alliance on the Our Best Shot campaign to promote the basics of vaccines. To read the article, go here.
'Super Agers' Offer Clue to Keeping a Sharp Memory
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital say memory loss is not a normal part of aging as they study a group of "super agers." The researchers note the older adults in their 60s and 70s performed similarly to young adults on memory tests. The study's authors say their work could lead to a better understanding of the processes leading to dementia and possible ways to avoid them. To learn more, go here.
Are We Reaching the End of the Trend for Longer, Healthier Lives?
Researchers say Americans have led longer lives, which is due in part to the reduction in heart disease. Yet, those improvements have slowed down because the decline in heart disease is fading, and the obesity epidemic may be to blame. Obesity is related to hypertension, raised cholesterol levels, and an elevated risk of diabetes. "All the things that put us at risk for heart disease and stroke get much, much worse," says Donald Lloyd-Jones, a physician and chair of the department of preventive medicine at Northwestern University. To learn more, go here.
Malnutrition Awareness Week, September 26-30Join the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) September 26 – 30, 2016, for their fifth annual Malnutrition Awareness Week™. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness in health care professionals to consider assessing and intervening earlier, and for the public to realize that they need to ask about their nutrition status and advocate for optimal nutrition care as much as possible.In 2009, ASPEN recognized a need for greater awareness of malnutrition. In some studies, 30-50 percent of patients become malnourished, often during a hospital stay. The condition is associated with unfavorable outcomes including higher infection rates, poor wound healing, longer lengths of stay, and higher frequency of readmission. Not unexpectedly, these outcomes are associated with increased costs.The 2016 week is scheduled to have three webinars* and a chat with the experts: Improving Malnutrition from the Physician Perspective,* Combating Malnutrition in Spanish Speaking Population: Available Programs and Resources, *Malnutrition Interventions and Programs for Older Adults,* and Aging Does Not Matter: Malnutrition in the Aging PopulationVisit the official Malnutrition Awareness Week site to register or for more information about the week.
The International Conference on Aging and Disease (ICAD), Stanford University, October 1-2
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 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.
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.