Archive: November 2014

Kelvin Davies Honored by Asian Universities

Professor Kelvin Davies, the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology, Dean of Faculty and Research, and Director of the Andrus Gerontology Center at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, was recently recognized with an honorary doctorate from Guangzhou University and honorary professorships from the University of Hong Kong and Shenzhen Clinical Medical College.

Alzheimer’s Costs Could Hit $1.5 Trillion a Year by 2050

As the Baby Boomer population ages, the annual cost of Alzheimer’s disease treatment in the U.S. is expected to nearly quintuple to $1.5 trillion each year, according to a study by Julie Zissimopoulos and Patricia St. Clair of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Eileen Crimmins of the USC Davis School of Gerontology. [Continue Reading...]

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...]