Posts connected to "Geroscience"

September 3, 2019

Blog: Alliance for Aging Research Founder Talks Longevity Advocacy

Dan Perry, founder and board member of the Alliance for Aging Research September is Healthy Aging Month, a perfect time…
May 23, 2018

GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Spring Seminar

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its spring seminar on Wednesday, June 6, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.,…
October 2, 2017

A Memorable Night of Honoring Heroes in Health

On Tuesday, September 26, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our partners and supporters to celebrate advancements in aging research and honor heroes in health who are dedicated to aging issues.
September 12, 2017

The Rally for Medical Research Comes to Washington, D.C., September 14

This Thursday, September 14, the Rally for Medical Research brings thousands of Americans of Washington, D.C., to urge policymakers to make funding for medical research a national priority. 
September 1, 2017

HROTW: Celebrate Healthy Aging Month with Proper Nutrition

September is Healthy Aging Month! For our Health Resource of the Week, we’re highlighting the role nutrition plays in healthy aging with a short “pocket film.”
July 24, 2017

Alliance Seeks Vice President of Public Policy

The Alliance for Aging Research seeks a Vice President of Public Policy. This position works closely with the Alliance's President/CEO, Vice President of Health Programs, Vice President of Development, and Vice President of Communications to deploy a cohesive, proactive, and aggressive advocacy strategy. This position directly reports to the President/CEO and manages one staff position, the Public Policy Associate. 
July 21, 2017

GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Summer Seminar

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its summer seminar on Thursday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus (Building 49, Room 1A51/1A59). The seminar, titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," featured Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center.
June 22, 2017

Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network Holds First Advocate Mentor Training

On May 23 and 24 in Washington, D.C., the Senior Patient and Family Caregiver Network held its first-ever training session for its patient and family caregiver advocates. 
May 10, 2017

Are You Ready for the Health Care Costs of Retirement?

Are you ready for the health care costs of retirement? Find out.
May 10, 2017

Alliance’s Peschin Presents at Reimagine Aging Conference in Baltimore

The Alliance’s President and CEO Sue Peschin joined a distinguished line up of speakers at the Reimagine AgingSenior Solutions Conference last week in Baltimore, Md. 
February 14, 2017

GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Winter Seminar

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) held its winter seminar, titled "Bone Marrow Aging and the PTH Receptor: A Model of Integrative Physiology," on Wednesday, February 1.  
November 2, 2016

GeroScience Interest Group Kicks off Seminar Series

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will launch its 2016-2017 GSIG seminar series this Thursday at the NIH campus. The first GSIG seminar, titled “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” will be led by Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  
October 26, 2016

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead to Host Talk at TEDWomen Event

Award-winning author and speaker Beverlye Hyman Fead will host a talk at this year's TEDxUpperWestSideWomen.
October 25, 2016

Alliance Hosts Panel Discussion on the Value of Healthy Aging with the Bipartisan Policy Center

Today, the Alliance and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a panel discussion, titled “Maximizing the Value of Healthy Aging to Society,” to discuss the work of David A. Wise, Ph.D., and the broader issues of assessing value in aging.
October 17, 2016

Her Life Is Anything But Ordinary, It’s Extraordinary

Arlene Lockhart is extraordinary. Learn why in this latest entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series.
September 29, 2016

Resources to Stay Heart Healthy

Today is a special day at the Alliance! It’s World Heart Day – a day to increase awareness and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.  
September 26, 2016

A Wonderful Celebration of 30 Years

On Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our peers and supporters to celebrate aging research and recognize outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. The night was particularly special because it also marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.
September 15, 2016

Meet Our 2016 Award Winners

Next Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance will hold the 2016 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner. Each year, we recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging, and this year is no exception. Meet this year’s award winners!
August 23, 2016

We Are Hiring a Health Programs Coordinator

Do you have a passion for issues important to older adults? Do you want to use your skills to develop education campaigns that will help older adults and their caregivers learn more about healthy aging? Then, the Alliance has a great job for you.
August 19, 2016

How Older Adults Are Benefiting from the Internet of Things

With continued advances in health information technology and other factors, there is more data being collected about our health and behaviors than ever before. One of the major enablers of this dynamic is the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT)—a phenomenon that offers a growing array of benefits. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the Internet of Things—including how older adults are both contributing to and benefiting from these increasingly common technologies.
August 16, 2016

A Look at Past Alliance Highlight Videos

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, check out our annual highlight videos from years past.
August 9, 2016

The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part IV

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part IV chronicles the Alliance's activities from the mid-1990s to present day.
August 3, 2016

The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part III

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part III chronicles the Alliance's first steps in making an impact as an organization.
July 27, 2016

The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part II

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part II explores the beginning of the organization.
July 20, 2016

The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part I

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part I explores the inspiration behind our creation in 1986.
July 15, 2016

Artifacts Collection: Alliance Images from the 1980s

Welcome to the next entry in the Artifacts Collection as we share some images from the 1980s.
July 8, 2016

Celebrating Centenarians and Studying Longevity

This week a couple of interesting news stories focused on the lives of two centenarians caught our attention. While we look at the accomplishments of our featured centenarians, we also delve more into why some people live longer.
June 27, 2016

Healthy Aging for Men

During June each year, individuals and organizations across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Men’s Health Month — a campaign focused on four pillars: awareness, prevention, education and family.
June 22, 2016

A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part III

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we share the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., and the Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz.
June 9, 2016

Health Education for Older Adults a Big Part of Who We Are

When older adults and their caregivers have access to educational resources, they can make more informed decisions about their health. Serving as a source for reliable information on the health and well-being of older people is a big part of who we are.
May 26, 2016

Three New Resources for Older Americans Month

As we continue our celebration of Older Americans Month, here are three resources to help older adults live longer and healthier lives. 
May 25, 2016

A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part II

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take another step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Scott Simon and Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.
May 24, 2016

Missed Our #NutritionAging Twitter Chat? We Have You Covered

Did you miss the May 23 #NutritionAging chat? Don't worry; we have you covered.
May 13, 2016

We Bring People and Organizations Together to Advance Science

A major way the Alliance advances science is through building coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthy length and quality of life for everyone. Learn more. 
May 11, 2016

Don’t Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 
May 5, 2016

A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take a step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Jeremy Bloom.
May 4, 2016

May Events for Older Americans Month

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 
May 2, 2016

We’re Hiring a Communications Associate

The Alliance is hiring a communications associate. Check out all the details.
April 26, 2016

30 Memorable Events from 1986

Do you remember these 30 events from 30 years ago?
April 25, 2016

Alliance’s Peschin and Perry Featured in Palo Alto Longevity Prize Video

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, and Founder Dan Perry talk about healthspan, the Alliance's mission, and the Palo Alto Longevity Prize in this new video.
April 22, 2016

Champion Senior Swimmer DeEtte Sauer Finds Her ‘Bliss Point’

In this second entry in the Aging in the 21st Century series, champion swimmer DeEtte Sauer talks about finding her "bliss point" as an older adult and the long road it took to get there. 
April 15, 2016

An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.
April 11, 2016

Today We Turn 30

Today, the Alliance celebrates its 30th birthday.
April 7, 2016

Welcome to the Artifacts Collection

Welcome to Part 1 of the Artifacts Collection, where we display items we've unearthed from our past 30 years of history.
April 6, 2016

NIA’s Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month’s Geroscience Summit in NYC

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.
April 5, 2016

HROTW: Video: Nutrition for a Healthy Life

Our Health Resource of the Week introduces you to a new video focused on the importance of nutrition for a healthy life.
April 1, 2016

Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 
March 24, 2016

Carstensen, Cassidy to Be Honored at 2016 Alliance Dinner

The Alliance has named Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., as its 2016 Silver Innovator Award winner and Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., from Louisiana as its 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award winner.
March 18, 2016

10 Things to Know during National Nutrition Month

Here are 10 things to know during National Nutrition Month.
March 17, 2016

Beverlye Hyman Fead: Don’t Be Afraid of Aging

An older adult offers this advice: Don't be afraid of aging.
March 11, 2016

Healthy Aging and Nutrition: Here’s What You Need to Know

Learn what you need to know about nutrition and healthy aging in less than 15 minutes.
March 10, 2016

Celebrating 30 Years over 30 Weeks

We kick off a 30-week campaign to celebrate the Alliance's 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives.
February 24, 2016

Former Surgeon General Benjamin Promotes Walking’s Health Benefits

Former Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin touts the health benefits of walking.  
February 3, 2016

Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks All Things Aging to Wednesday Morning Group

Alliance Founder Dan Perry talks aging research with the Wednesday Morning Group.
February 2, 2016

Experts to Debate Whether ‘Lifespans Are Long Enough’

Experts debate the pros and cons of longer lifespans.
January 26, 2016

It’s Cold Outside! Tips on Staying Warm

It's cold out there. Here are some tips on how to stay safe and warm.
January 25, 2016

In Memory of James E. Birren, Ph.D.

The Alliance recognizes the enduring legacy of James E. Birren, Ph.D., who passed away at age 97 this month.
January 19, 2016

We Are Looking for a Communications Intern

The Alliance is looking for a talented and passionate Communications intern.
January 13, 2016

New Book Looks at Aging with Honesty and Humor

Author Beverlye Hyman Fead's new book Aging in High Heels captures the process of aging with humor, honesty, and a big dose of inspiration.
January 6, 2016

Older Adults Reflect, Dispense Wisdom in New York Times Article

A year in the lives of six older adults age 85 and over from New York City was chronicled by The New York Times. Here are their stories.
January 4, 2016

Check Out Our New Health Information Page

The Alliance has an new updated page with convenient access to information and resources about age-related conditions, diseases, and issues that impact the health of older Americans.
December 17, 2015

Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.
December 14, 2015

Alliance’s Peschin Featured in Article on the U.S. Longevity Economy

The Alliance's Susan Peschin, MHS, was featured in an article on the longevity economy in The Straits Times, a publication in Singapore. 
December 1, 2015

The Shingles Vaccine: Should I Get It?

Welcome to the next installment in our series on the importance of vaccinations. Last time we talked about immunosenescence, which refers to the weakening of the immune system that occurs when humans age, and influenza. This time we'll take a look at another disease: shingles.
November 30, 2015

New Enewsletters on Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthspan Now Available

This is a quick post to give you a heads up that the latest editions of the ACT-AD Coalition and Healthspan Campaign enewsletters are now available.  
November 23, 2015

National Geographic Channel Special on Healthspan, Sunday, November 29

This Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will debut an important special, The Age of Aging. Directed by Ron Howard, it highlights the pioneering research dedicated to extending our healthy years of life, or healthspan.  
November 5, 2015

NPR’s Scott Simon on Why Older Adults Have a ‘Genius for Life’

Scott Simon, an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio, was the recipient of the Alliance’s Indispensable Person of the Year Award in recognition of his 2015 book Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.
November 2, 2015

Article Makes Case for the Extension of Healthspan

Extension of healthspan on a global scale is of utmost importance as the world population lives longer than ever before. Unless something is done to improve the health of older adults as they age, experts believe the health care systems of many nations could be overwhelmed.
October 2, 2015

A Memorable Evening at the Alliance Annual Dinner

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29, the Alliance held the 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.
September 28, 2015

Meet Our 2015 Annual Dinner Award Winners

We recognize four people who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing healthy aging in national policy, science, and literature.
September 13, 2015

On This Grandparents Day Encourage Vaccination among the Older Adults in Your Life

Today is Grandparents Day, an opportunity for families to make a special effort to appreciate their grandparents.
September 11, 2015

HROTW: Aging Healthy

September is Healthy Aging Month! It's a celebration of people and the ways they stay in good health. 
September 8, 2015

It’s Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to educate on the importance of healthy aging so we can ensure our later years are not just more numerous, but lived in good health.
September 1, 2015

Get Up to Date with These Newsletters

We wanted to share an easy way to keep up to date on what's going on at the Alliance: our newsletters.
July 28, 2015

Alliance Part of 2015 Healthy Aging Summit

Over the past two days, the Alliance has been a part of—and a proud sponsor of—the first ever 2015 Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, D.C. 
July 24, 2015

HROTW: Quiz on Aortic Stenosis

For our Health Resource of the Week, we test your knowledge of aortic stenosis.
July 16, 2015

Cynthia Bens Comments from MDUFA and PDUFA Meetings

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens took part in two important meetings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.
July 14, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 
July 14, 2015

Today Is the 50th Anniversary of the Older Americans Act

Today, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark legislation.
July 10, 2015

What You Need to Know about the White House Conference on Aging

This Monday, July 13, the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will bring together people and organizations from throughout the U.S.
July 9, 2015

HROTW: The Value of Aging Research

Our Health Resource of the Week is inspired by an important piece of legislation that's currently being considered in the U.S. Congress.
June 16, 2015

Four Ways This New Website Educates about Heart Valve Disease

We've launched a new website aimed at educating about heart valve disease, a condition affecting more than five million Americans.
June 5, 2015

A Cancer Survivor’s Story

We share a story of a cancer survivor, Barbara Buck. 
June 1, 2015

New Heart Valve Disease Site Helps Make Every Heartbeat Matter

Today we have announced the launch of our new Living with Valve Disease website, an online resource hub where people can gather to learn and share about heart valve disease.
May 27, 2015

The Alliance Comments on White House Aging Conference Policy Brief

This summer the 2015 White House Conference on Aging will take place in Washington, D.C.
May 15, 2015

Elie Metchnikoff: Gerontology Pioneer

Today we recognize the 170th anniversary of Elie Metchnikoff, who is considered to be the founder of gerontology. 
May 13, 2015

May Is Older Americans Month

In 1963, Older Americans Month was established to annually recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. More than 50 years later, this tradition continues each May.
April 7, 2015

Dr. Rudolph Tanzi to Be Honored as Alliance’s 2015 Silver Innovator Award Winner

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been announced as the Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award winner.
March 20, 2015

New Video on the History of the Alliance

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.
March 16, 2015

A Bleak Future for American Medical Research…Unless We Act Now

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.
January 22, 2015

We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.
January 15, 2015

Alliance Takes Part in Hill Briefing on Medicare Advantage

Yesterday the Alliance had the privilege of participating in a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Coalition for Medicare Choices (CMC) on the value of Medicare Advantage.
January 15, 2015

Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.
January 7, 2015

New Video on Life of Claude Pepper

Our friends at the Claude Pepper Foundation have put together this moving tribute about the life of this great man. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch his story.
December 22, 2014

Considering an End of Year Gift? Consider the Alliance!

Since you have come to this blog post, we thought we'd share why we believe you may want to consider supporting us with an end of year gift.
December 15, 2014

Alliance Submits Suggestions for NIA’s Aging Well in the 21st Century

The National Institute on Aging recently put out a call for comments and ideas for a draft of its strategic directions document, Aging Well in the 21st Century.
December 10, 2014

Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.
December 2, 2014

#GivingTuesday Is Today; Consider Giving to the Alliance

Today is #GivingTuesday.
December 1, 2014

Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks FOGO on December 2

Dan Perry joined Pfizer chief medical officer, Dr. Freda C. Lewis-Hall, to talk about FOGO, or fear of getting old. 
October 30, 2014

Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.
October 24, 2014

Linda Fried and Dan Perry Explore Aging in Society at Town Hall Interview

Dr. Linda P. Fried and Alliance Founder Dan Perry participated in a town hall event on October 22 before a packed room at Columbia University in New York City. 
October 3, 2014

2014 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner a Great Success

Last Tuesday evening, September 30, we held our 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.
September 25, 2014

Meet This Year’s Congressional Dinner Honorees

One of the big highlights of our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner is the distinguished individuals we honor for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging.
September 11, 2014

Alliance Celebrates 21st Annual Dinner

It’s that time again for our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.
September 3, 2014

Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.
August 21, 2014

What Is the Silver Tsunami?

The Silver Tsunami. It's a term we often hear in the news. But what is it actually?
July 31, 2014

The Healthspan Imperative Kickoff

The Healthspan Imperative made its big-screen debut in Washington, D.C.
June 23, 2014

Alliance Public Policy VP Cynthia Bens on Aging and Chronic Disease

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens was recently asked: As Americans live longer, how can we tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease?
June 9, 2014

Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.
May 23, 2014

CER for More Patient-Centered Care

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 
May 15, 2014

NIH Geroscience Conference Recommendations and Summaries Now Available

The NIH anounced it has released recommendations and summaries from the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit.
September 12, 2013

The Alliance’s Cynthia Bens Interviews with A Place for Mom

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens interviewed with A Place for Mom about the work of the Alliance.
April 5, 2013

Let’s Get Loud

To quote Jennifer Lopez ,“C’mon people, let’s get loud!” Hang up your lab coat, leave your pad folios and ipads behind, and dust off your protest sign, it’s time to make some noise for medical research!
September 26, 2012

David Stipp and the Transformative Promise of Aging Science

David Stipp is a prominent science writer who has focused on medicine, science, and aging for decades for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Slate, Science, and more. The Alliance for Aging Research was very fortunate to have Stipp author a whitepaper--The Transformative Promise of Aging Science--to help launch our Healthspan Campaign earlier this year.
August 8, 2012

How Close Are We To Preventing the Diseases of Aging

This summer the President & CEO here at the Alliance for Aging Research, Dan Perry, was asked to participate in the annual melding of the foremost medical minds known as TEDMED. At the meeting, Dan gave a fantastic 13 minute talk that really summed up how “tantalizingly close” researchers are to that “fountain of youth."  
June 25, 2012

2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Linda Fried

We are very excited at the Alliance for Aging Research to announce that Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of this year’s MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award. Dr. Fried is a well-respected and well-known scholar and was selected in honor of her innovative work contributing pragmatic solutions to address the rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that greater longevity brings to society.
May 2, 2012

Dan Perry Talks about Healthspan at TEDMED 2012

TEDMED left its home in San Diego this year to debut at the Kennedy Center in DC, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The speaker line-up was full of big names like Francis Collins, Katie Couric, and Billie Jean King and the big ideas ranged from designing new DNA, to using mathematics to personalize cancer treatments, to the shift of the scientific method in the face of a data-dominated world. One particularly interesting talk came from our own President & CEO Daniel Perry, who spoke about whether or not “Cells Have a Mid-Life Crisis.”
March 14, 2012

Scientists Boosting Device Reliability by Decreasing Consumption

Ask a patient with an implantable medical device what they hope to get out of their device, and they’ll likely say reliability, small size and longevity. Unfortunately, according to a report by the Community Report Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission, implantable medical devices face a fundamental flaw; the more complex they become, the more power they consume, and the more prone they are to failure. 
February 3, 2012

New Air Standards will Improve Health

New air standards issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December are expected to have far-reaching effects on both pollution and public health. 
January 26, 2012

A Grand Challenge in Need of a Grand Solution

The President announced plans late last year to create a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. This Blueprint would detail government-wide steps “to harness biological research innovations to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment.” The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently solicited comments to inform the Blueprint.
January 4, 2012

Cold Weather Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk

A study published online in the British Medical Journal reported each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit reduction in average daily temperature was associated with a cumulative 2% increase in risk of heart attack over a 28-day period, with the highest risk reported within two weeks of exposure to cold weather.
December 14, 2011

Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,
December 1, 2011

100 over 100

The Archon Genomics X Prize Presented by medco® offers $10 million to the first team of researchers that can quickly and affordably sequence 100 genomes—of people at least 100 years old that is!
November 29, 2011

Rest in Peace, Dr. T. Franklin Williams

Those who care about increasing the good years of life through medical advances have lost another champion with the passing of Dr. T. Franklin Williams.
November 22, 2011

Thankful for More Years – And Hopeful for Better Ones

Americans are living longer than ever – and that’s something to be thankful for. As Time points out, our oldest population is getting older as well.
November 17, 2011

Forget the Finger Wagging: It’s Aging, Stupid

It was reported on the NBC Today Show that type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide – the number of adults suffering from the disease has doubled since 1980, and will double again by 2030. Why the uptick? Anchor Natalie Morales attributed the increase to “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” There’s only one problem: It’s not true.
November 15, 2011

Age Reversal In Human Cells Points Way to Treatments

A story from the Agence France-Press wire service documents the strides being taken toward greater understanding of the aging process. The AFP highlighted a new technique out of France by which “cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and showing that aging is reversible.”
October 13, 2011

And Naked Came the Mole Rat

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?
October 7, 2011

One More Step to Reasoned Understanding of Stem-Cell Research

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have done what scientists do best: they have narrowed the question. By creating cells capable of growing into any cell type in the human body, research is moving us beyond fear mongering over cloning technologies to study these cells as potential weapons against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other medical maladies.
February 2, 2011

“Rescuing Cognition”: CA vs. Alzheimer’s Disease ~ By Don Reed

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.  
January 20, 2011

Sargent Shriver’s Gift

Twenty-five years ago a young lawyer fresh out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came to a fledgling group called the Aging Research Policy Council volunteering free legal services. But first he needed support for pro bono work from his firm’s senior partner, Sargent Shriver.
October 21, 2010

A Doctor Who Prefers ‘The Dark Side’

It seems Dr. Carl Elliott has let his instincts as a provocateur get the better of his perspective as a physician and healer. Promoting his book "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine,” Dr. Elliott, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, finds it deplorable that physicians who use drugs to relieve human misery have any actual contact with companies that research, develop and sell those medicines.
July 14, 2010

An Early Salvo

When world class scientists and physicians call for a global project to modify human aging, it is time for policymakers in Washington and elsewhere to take notice.
July 7, 2010

Dr. Robert N. Butler, 1927-2010

The sudden and unexplained death of a beloved grandfather set Robert Neil Butler on the road to be a pioneer in the science and medicine of health and aging.
October 6, 2009

A Long Time Coming

When I learned this week that Dr. Carol Greider will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine I was happy for her and for the recognition this brings to science in pursuit of answers for human aging. But it is also disquieting to know how long it has taken for her contributions on the role of telomeres in cancer and aging to achieve the pinnacle of scientific recognition.
August 10, 2009

Organizing Your Health

No matter your health status, a health organizer is a simple yet very helpful tool to keep track of important health information, so you don’t have to search high and low every time you or your health care provider needs to know information related to your health.
December 5, 2008

Gearing Up for the Silver Tsunami

As the Silver Tsunami approaches, more and more families will be faced with the choice of staying at home and caring for their loved one or finding outside assistance. The uBOT-5 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst may be available to help.
August 14, 2008

Professor Rich Miller on Delaying Aging

University of Michigan’s Rich Miller has a telling eye for the symmetry and beauty of the natural world. Spend time appreciating his nature photography – which he brings back from the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Patagonia and the Antarctic – and you will be entranced and enriched.
June 2, 2008

From Baby Boom to Baby Bust

The most recent podcast series on the SAGE Crossroads website focuses on the economics on longevity science. During a conversation with Daniel Perry, the executive director of the Alliance for Aging Research, the topic of the “baby bust” arose. The baby bust, as Mr. Perry explained it, is the period when the baby boom generation retires from the paid workforce in droves, leaving a huge staffing and experience gap across the spectrum. This could have very damaging effects on the US economy.
May 2, 2008

Well-Being Index — The Dow Jones of Health

Earlier this week, Gallup and Healthways released the first data from their collaborative Well-Being Index—a Dow Jones type measure of the daily health and well-being of American adults. Polling 1,000 Americans every day for the next 25 years, the Index will be the largest data collection ever assembled on the health and well-being of large populations. .
April 16, 2008

New Documentary Helps to Debunk Stereotypes of Old Age

Last Thursday morning during my usual routine of eating breakfast while listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition,” movie critic Kenneth Turan was discussing a new documentary, Young at Heart.
April 9, 2008

Podcast Series on Personalized Medicine

According to the a recent Washington Post article, more than 20 companies today offer personalized genomics tests that promise to help you determine what diseases you may get and gain insight into your personality and behavior.
March 11, 2008

A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Not so very long ago, a medical researcher who chose to study aging was in some danger of committing career suicide. Gerontology was often associated with a dreary listing of physical and mental declines associated with old age.