Dr. Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging at NIH & Government's Lead Researcher On Aging, Is National Press Club Newsmaker 10 AM Thurs., May 7, To Discuss Human Life Span Extension: How Much Further And Healthier?

May 04, 2015, 08:00 ET from Robert Weiner Associates and National Press Club Newsmakers Committee

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Richard J Hodes, M.D., who heads the nation's research on aging as Director of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, will discuss the human life span's 20-year extension over the past five decades, how much further could it conceivably go, and importantly, can we do it healthier, at a National Press Club Newsmaker at 10 AM on Thursday, May 7. He will bring with him the latest research. The event, open to credentialed media and National Press Club members, will be at the National Press Club in the Fourth Estate Restaurant on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th St., NW, at 14th and F Streets in Washington, DC.

A leading immunologist, Dr. Hodes was named Director of the NIA in 1993, to oversee studies of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social aspects of aging.

Under Dr. Hodes' stewardship, the NIA budget has surpassed $1 billion, reflecting increased public interest in aging as America and the world grow older. Dr. Hodes has devoted his tenure to the development of a strong, diverse, and balanced research program, focusing on the genetics and biology of aging, basic and clinical studies aimed at reducing disease and disability, including Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive change, and investigation of the behavioral and social aspects of aging.

The NIA has led new and innovative ways to conduct research, share data and translate findings into practical interventions and public information.  In biology, studies examine genetic and other factors influencing aging, how they affect longevity and how they intersect with the development of age related diseases. Research in geriatrics is uncovering new ways to combat frailty and other age-related conditions. Behavioral and social research is deepening understanding of the individual behaviors and societal decisions that affect well-being.

Dr. Hodes also directs the Federal research effort to find effective ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

Dr. Hodes is a graduate of Yale University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Oncology at the National Cancer Institute.  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He is author of more than 250 research papers.           

Like all Newsmaker events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

For more information Contact:  Bob Weiner 301-283-0821 or cell 202-306-1200 weinerpublic@comcast.net, National Press Club Newsmakers event coordinator

SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates and National Press Club Newsmakers Committee