Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

Why Did Moses Live to be 120 Years Old Without Diabetes?

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 18, 2013

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Fl Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Nir Barzilai, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Professor, Department of Genetics
Director, Institute for Aging Research
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair in Aging Research

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Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Medicine Grand Rounds this week represents the annual Rifkin lectureship, in honor of Dr. Harold Rifkin, a leader in diabetes research, care, and education at Montefiore from the 1960s to the 1980s. Dr. Nir Barzilai of the Division of Endocrinology is this year's Rifkin awardee.

Dr. Nir Barzilai is the director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Director of thePaulF.GlennCenterfor the Biology of Human Aging Research and of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. He is the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research, professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genetics, and member of theDiabetesResearchCenterand of the Divisions of Endocrinology & Diabetes and Geriatrics.

Dr. Barzilai's research interests focus on several key mechanisms involved in the biology of aging, including the effects of the environment (mainly nutrients) on extending life and the genetic determinants of lifespan. He discovered the first "longevity gene" in humans and is further characterizing the phenotype and genotype of humans with exceptional longevity through a NIH-supported Program Project. He has received numerous grants, among them ones from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), American Federation for Aging Research, and the Ellison Medical Foundation. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and textbook chapters. He is an advisor to the NIH on several projects, initiatives, and study sections. He serves on several editorial boards and is a reviewer for numerous other journals. Dr. Barzilai has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Beeson Fellow for Aging Research, the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholar in Aging Award, the Paul F. Glenn Foundation Award, the NIA Nathan Shock Award, and the 2010 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction in Aging Research.

Born in Israel, Dr. Barzilai served as chief medic and physician in the Israel Defense Forces. He graduated from The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and completed his residency in internal medicine atHadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem. He served in a refugee camp during the war in Cambodia(1979-1980) and built a nutritional village in the homeland of the Zulu (1983 - Kwazulu). He was an invited speaker at the Fourth Israeli Presidential Conference on the Future in 2012.

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Have insight on the role of biology of aging in the onset of age-related disease such as diabetes
  2. Understand the interactions between genes and the environment with aging
  3. Appreciate the strategy of developing drugs that protect against age-related diseases

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Division of Endocrinology (Department of Medicine)

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