is there a longevity gene?

Professor Nir Barzilai is the founding director of the Institute for Aging Research, the Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging and the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Human Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (Einstein). He also directs the Longevity Genes Project, a genetics study of over 600 families of centenarians and their children.

Dr Barzilai has also been at the forefront of the push to have the aging process itself studied with a view to interacting with the process itself instead of medicine simply interacting with the diseases of aging such as CV disease, cancers, neurodegenerative conditions and so on.

To this end he has been meeting with the FDA to seek approval for a study on the diabetes drug metformin which has shown some promise already. More to come on this!

In this film Professor Barzilai lays out in his easy style and language how lifestyle and environment impact significantly on the speed of aging as well all discussing the fascinating work and findings of the Longevity Genes Project.

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