Nov 062014
How and why could a gene that stunts growth also shut down cancer and diabetes?

USC biogerontologist Valter Longo and Ecuadorian endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre are hoping to find the answer in a study of 30 individuals from Ecuador who visited Los Angeles. The researchers hope the results will lead medicine to pharmaceuticals or controlled diets achieving the same apparent protection from major diseases as Laron syndrome, the growth-stunting genetic mutation shared by 16 of the 30 visitors. [Continu Reading...]

Sep 192014
Two USC Davis Studies Led by Valter Longo Snag Most-Read Spots in Cell Press Journals

Two studies led by Edna Jones Professor in Gerontology and Professor in Biological Science Valter Longo have been listed as the most-read articles in their respective Cell Press journals. The article in Cell Stem Cell highlighted how fasting cycles induced immune system regeneration, and the Cell Metabolism article examined high-protein diets and their effects on cancer and mortality rates. [Continue Reading...]

Sep 092014
Milken Institute and USC Davis Dean Pinchas Cohen Urge U.S. Mayors to Support Successful Aging

The Milken Institute is asking mayors across the U.S. to commit to improving the lives of older people in their cities by signing the Best Cities for Successful Aging Mayor’s Pledge. The pledge, part of the Institute’s Best Cities for Successful Aging initiative, was developed by the initiative’s advisory committee, which includes USC Davis School of Gerontology Dean Pinchas Cohen. [Continue Reading...]