Experts in the News: Steve Austad and Matt Kaeberlein on how DNA methylation patterns can calculate a dog’s human age in Science
On November 15, 2019, Science published an article featuring insights from AFAR experts Steven N. Austad, PhD, and Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, on how scanned DNA methylation patterns can be used to scientifically determine the human age of a dog.
Dr. Austad is AFAR’s Scientific Director. He is also a distinguished professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as Co Principle-Investigator of the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging Coordinating Center.
Dr. Kaeberlein is a 2006 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grants for Junior Faculty recipient, and a 2007 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award recipient. He is also the Co-Director at the University of Washington Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, the Director of the Healthy Aging and Longevity Research Institute, the President of the American Aging Association, the Co-Director of the Dog Aging Project, and a Professor at the University of Washington.
Read the article, “Here’s a better way to convert dog years to human years, scientists say,” here.
Read a press release published by the University of Washington, “Calling all canines for national Dog Aging Project,” here.
The latest developments in the Dog Aging Project, led by Dr. Kaeberlein and two-time AFAR grantee Daniel Promislow, PhD, have received wide-spread attention including a feature on NBC Nightly News.