Baruch College Professor to Present Research on Lifespan Extension

Study finds nutritional supplement capable of extending life

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New York, NY April 7, 2011 -- Baruch College Professor Joel Brind of the Natural Sciences Department of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences will present his lifespan research at the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on Sunday, April 10th in Washington, D.C.

Brind has found a simple nutritional supplement that extends the lifespan of laboratory rats by 30%. The study was conducted at the Cold Spring-on-Hudson Biological Research Station of the Manhattan based Orentreich Foundation for the Advancement of Science (OFAS) over the past three years.

The study builds on research done at OFAS over the last 20 years where the phenomenon of methionine restriction (MR) was established as a unique dietary strategy, which reliably extends the lifespan of rats and mice. Methionine is an essential amino acid which is abundant in meats, fish, poultry, eggs and many vegetables. Therefore, limiting the methionine content of a human diet is severely restrictive and difficult to follow. Lifespan extension in rodents under methionine restriction is accompanied by dramatically decreased bodily growth, and the mechanism by which it extends life is unknown.

Brind reasoned that supplementing the rats' diet with the non-essential amino acid, glycine, might also extend life, since glycine is known to help rid the body of excess methionine.

The results of the study were dramatic, not only in the life extension which was obtained, but also because the life extension was obtained with a minimal effect on body growth. Measurements of blood samples from the rats, taken at various times during the three-year-study, were consistent with the slowing down of the aging process.

For more information on Dr. Brind's research, go here.

WHEN: Sunday, April 10th

12:25 - 1:55 PM poster session of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) (Abstract #528.2)

WHERE: Ann. Meeting of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, Washington, DC 20001

 

For more information or to obtain press passes, please contact:

Ed Pachetti, 646-660-6135, Ed.Pachetti@baruch.cuny.edu