Division of Geriatrics

Medicine Faculty Present Aging Research at GSA 2014

Drs. Joe Verghese, Sofiya Milman, Nir Barzilai, and Ana Maria Cuervo represented the Department of Medicine at the Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, November 5-9, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joe Verghese geriatrics neurology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY
J. Verghese, MB, BS

"Our ongoing longitudinal studies link the bench and the bedside and improve our understanding of the aging process and driving discoveries that may potentially slow it," said Dr. Verghese."

 
Dr. Sofiya Milman endocrinology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY
S. Milman, MD

Dr. Milman's presentation, "High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Phenotype and Genotype Predict Survival in Individuals With Exceptional Longevity", shared research finding that older women and older men with both higher levels of "good" (HDL) cholesterol and a variant of the HDL-increasing gene CETP survived longest. Dr. Milman's work was featured in the Friday, November 6 edition of the Washington Post.

 
Dr. Nir Barzilai endocrinology aging Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY
N. Barzilai, MD

In "Alterations in Body Composition with Aging and Connections to Diseases and Mortality", Dr. Barzilai shared findings that abdominal (visceral) obesity appears to be a stronger indicator than body mass index (BMI) for determining a person's risk of dying, particularly for Asian populations, with a lower "healthy" BMI range and and higher likelihood of abdominal obesity.

 
Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo liver diseases aging Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY
A.M. Cuervo, MD, PhD

Dr. Cuervo presented "Selective Autophagy in the Fight against Proteotoxicity in Aging Autophagy", sharing that autophagy--the degrading and recycling of intracellular components--is an essential cellular process.

 

Dr. Richard Lipton, postdoctoral fellow Dr. Andrea Zammit, and medical student Rebecca Kamil also participated in presenting at the conference.

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