Nov. 18: Can We Delay Aging?

On Monday, November 18, join the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and Science Writers in New York (SWINY) for an engaging evening with two of the world’s leading researchers on the biology of aging, who will discuss their research and address the question of whether such research can delay the aging process — keeping us all healthier longer. A leading geriatrician will also discuss ways that aging research is already making a difference in how we care for our aging population.  A panel discussion on the topic of delaying aging will follow.

This program follows on the heels of a study in Health Affairs, which found that research on aging can delay aging and age-related disease better than disease-specific research, while also saving the nation money.  The corporate world has also taken a stake in this area of research, with Google’s recent announcement of its “Calico” initiative.

The evening’s speakers include:

Nir Barzilai, MDProfessor of Medicine and Genetics, Director of the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging and the Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Barzilai’s research focuses on key mechanisms in the biology of aging including the role of nutrients in extending life and the genetic determinants of lifespan. A number of his discoveries are now – or will soon be – in clinical trials.



Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhDProfessor, Departments of Developmental & Molecular Biology, Anatomy & Structural Biology and Medicine, Robert and Renee Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Co-director, Einstein Institute for Aging Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Cuervo is a leader in the study of protein degradation as it relates to the biology of aging, with an emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.  She was recently asked by NIH to lead a panel on geroscience – the study of how aging influences the onset of chronic diseases.


Caroline S. Blaum, MD, MS, Director, Division of Geriatrics, Diane and Arthur Belfer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Deputy Medical Officer, AFAR

One of the nation’s leading geriatricians and researchers on the care of the aged, Dr. Blaum joined NYU last year from the University of Michigan to start the NYU Division of Geriatrics.  Her research focuses on models of care, patients with complex health histories, frailty and diabetes in older adults. She is involved in national efforts to redesign the way healthcare is delivered to the elderly.


Moderator:  Kevin Lee, PhD, Executive Director, Ellison Medical Foundation

A biologist, Dr. Lee has more than 20 years of research experience in molecular genetics and neurobiology in biotechnology and academic research settings.  The Ellison Medical Foundation supports basic biomedical research, with a focus on understanding how humans and other organisms age, and on defining the fundamental biological mechanisms that prevent age-related diseases and disabilities.

Monday, November 18, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
6-6:30 – Wine, hors d’ouevres and refreshments
6:30-8 – Presentations, Q &A and panel discussion

The Cornell Club, 6 E. 44 St.  (between Madison & Fifth avenues), NYC

This program is offered free of charge to science and health care writers.

RSVP required:  Dennis Tartaglia, or John  Chaich,

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