Author: Chris Nelson

Who Funds Basic Research in Aging in the US?

Where does the money to fund basic aging research come from? After all, scientists need to be paid, purchase supplies for their research, and somehow find the money to attend conferences to talk about their results. In the US at least (the funding situation is different in the UK), money comes primarily in the form of grants from the federal government, which both pay the salaries of researchers and provide them with money for their experiments. The National Institute of Health (NIH, a federal agency) is huge and awesome. The main mechanism by which money it distributes money is...

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Skip the nachos: An interview with Brian M. Delaney on caloric restriction and longevity

Brian M. Delaney is a translator, philosopher, rocker, and caloric restriction (CR) practitioner. He is president of the CR Society International, an organization that promotes the CR diet and disseminates information about the CR lifestyle. In several animal models CR results in increased lifespan and health in old age (see our blog post on Caloric Restriction and Aging). The effects of CR in humans are less clear and are currently under investigation by scientists. The Buck Institute and the SAGE blog do not endorse or promote adoption of the CR diet. We present this interview out of sheer curiosity....

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Top Five Long-Lived Animals in Order of Awesome.

Modern aging science is focused on extended human health and lifespan. It’s instructive to explore the limits of animal longevity when thinking about aging in humans. Animal species show a wide variety of lifecycles and longevities. Here, I will present snapshots of long-lived animals and how they inform human healthspan and longevity research. #1. Hydra Hydra is a very successful genus of freshwater cnidarians (think anemone and jellyfish). They have high regenerative capacity, replacing all of their cells approximately seven times a year. In 1998, Daniel Martinez (Pomona College) published a study following cohorts of hydra for four years....

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