OFAS and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) joined together to present a conference on Aging & Nutrition: Novel Approaches & Techniques. A panel of leading researchers in these fields gathered to discuss the many powerful new techniques under development for use in studies of healthy aging. The conference was held on December 2 at The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, New York, NY.
Ellis Rubenstein, NYAS President and CEO, gave the opening remarks on behalf of NYAS. Dr. Gilles Bergeron, Senior Vice President of The Sackler Institute, facilitated for the event. The first session, which focused on new approaches in aging research, was facilitated by Dr. Lenore Launer of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Speakers for this session were Dr. Arlan Richardson (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center), Dr. Matt Kaeberlein (University of Washington) and Dr. Vera Gorbunova (University of Rochester).
OFAS Senior Scientist Dr. Jay Johnson moderated the second session, which focused on novel technologies that will play an important role in current and future studies. The panel comprised Dr. Nicholas Stroustrup (Harvard University), Dr. Vadim Gladyshev (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School), and Dr. Jan van Deursen (Mayo Clinic). Our Associate Science Director, Dr. Gene Ables, gave the closing remarks on behalf of OFAS.
To watch the first hour of the conference, click here.
Several interventions have been identified that significantly extend healthy lifespan in mammals. Caloric restriction, for example, has been shown to improve healthspan in a variety of organisms, including rodents. Conversely, animals fed a diet with a normal caloric content, but with limiting amounts of the essential amino acid methionine, are up to 45% longer-lived than control animals. These and many other studies collectively demonstrate that alterations in nutrition and metabolism can have profound effects on healthy aging.
While studies are ongoing using conventional and established approaches to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying healthspan-extending interventions, many powerful new techniques are also being developed (e.g., genome engineering, high-throughput sequencing, DNA methylomics) that can be used to great effect for studies of healthy aging.
To explore the interplay between aging, nutrition, and metabolism, as well as the important role that novel technologies will play in current and future studies, Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at The New York Academy of Sciences are bringing together several preeminent researchers in these fields. The event will take place Friday, December 2, 2016 from 12:30 PM – 6:30 PM at The New York Academy of Sciences (7 World Trade Center, 40th Floor, New York, NY, USA).
Attendance for this event is limited in order to facilitate high level discussions and interactions. For additional information on the symposium, speakers, and registration, visit the NYAS website.