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More than 70 Experts Deliver Findings in mTor, Circadian Rhythm, Animal Aging and FAT10

SAN ANTONIO, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association (AGE) held May 30-June 2, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, featured the latest scholarship in the field of aging research from more than 70 leading experts.

"The talks at this year's meeting were of exceptionally high quality with new exciting insights on the role of gut fauna in healthy aging, protein biology, and why our daily rhythms get disrupted during aging and the widespread ramifications thereof in inflammation and biochemical signaling," said Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D., president and meeting chair of AGE.

Among the weekend's highlights were:

  • A presentation by Toren Finkel, M.D., Ph.D., from the National Institutes of Health about research into the central role a protein called mTor plays in the biology of aging. He noted that inhibiting mTor activity may extend the duration and quality of our lives.
  • Lectures on how the internal circadian clock, our body's natural rhythm, can affect lifespan.
  • An in-depth look by Allon Canaan, Ph.D., MSc, Yale School of Medicine, at the newly discovered FAT10 gene and how it might revolutionize aging research.
  • A series of presentations on the role of mitochondria in aging.
  • A presentation by Kenneth B. Storey, F.R.S.C., Carleton University, on why metabolic depression in long-lived turtles leads to increased lifespan. 
  • Insights by Kylie Kavanagh, D.V.M., Wake Forest School of Medicine, on how heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) enables monkeys to better maintain muscle mass and function well into old age.
  • A panel discussion featuring geroscience experts entitled "Increasing Healthspan: Science and Policy on the Path to Healthier Aging."
  • The presentation of the annual Denham Harman Award to Peter S. Rabinovitch, M.D., Ph.D., University of Washington. Established in 1978, this award was named in honor of AGE cofounder Dr. Denham Harman and honors a person who has made significant contributions to biomedical aging research. 

A conference program can be found here.  For more information, contact Noel Lloyd at 202.688.1229 or 

About the American Aging Association
The American Aging Association is a group of experts dedicated to understanding the basic mechanisms of aging and the development of interventions in age-related disease to increase healthy lifespan for all. For more information, visit    

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