Buck Institute in the News

2014

Research from Dr.Dale Bredesen was featured on the front  page of the   Marin  Independent Journal on  October 1st.  The story, "Hopeful research in treating Alzheimer's" focused on a study involving 10 patients and a new system-based approach to treating the disease.                                      

The Buck Institute was featured in the October issue of The Atlantic, in a the cover story titled, "What Happens When We All Live to 100." 

Buck faculty Christopher Benz, MD was featured in both the San Francisco Chronicle  and the The Marin Independent Journal regarding a publication on August 7th in Cell. The study - the largest genomic analysis of its kind - suggested a new "disruptive" method for reclassifying cancers.

Buck CEO Brian Kennedy was interviewed for an article appearing in Chile's major national newspaper El Mercurio on August 1. The article was titled, "Science looks for ways to have more years in good health."

On July 31 The Marin Independent Journal highlighted the new Buck spinoff LabCures in a front page story. LabCures is focused on using the internet to raise money for lab-based research.

Two commentaries on aging research were published in the prestigious journal Nature on July 23. One was co-authored by Buck CEO Brian Kennedy, the other by faculty member Simon Melov.

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine highlights the work of K-12 Education Coordinator Julie Mangada in a blog post on July 9.

Congratulations to former Buck Summer Scholar (and stem cell scientist) Lauren Killingsworth!  The Stanford-bound student wins $80,000 scholarship from PG & E and gets a big splash in The Marin Independent Journal. 

Ultramarathon runner and Buck postdoctoral fellow Matthew Laye was featured in a "Marin Snapshot" in the March 23 edition of The Marin Independent Journal.

Long-time Buck Institute Board of Trustee Catherine Munson died on March 3, following a brief illness. In its obituary The Marin Independent Journal detailed her civic involvement and career success. 

The Daily Mail was among the international papers that covered a January 16 study from the Jasper lab that suggests having healthy gut bacteria could be the key to living a long, healthy life.

NIH Director Frances Collins blog highlighted research from the Kapahi lab, focusing on healthspan-extending possibilities from a study that involved crossing mutations in nematodes. The blog posted January 7.

2013

The Kapahi lab published a study in Cell Reports showing the crossing mutations in nematodes resulted in a five-fold synergistic lifespan expansion. The story was covered in many publications including the Marin Independent Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
 
Buck professor Gordon Lithgow, PhD, was featured in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education posting December 9. The story focuses on efforts at the NIH to develop treatments to slow the aging process.

Buck faculty Dale Bredesen, MD, was quoted in the lead story in the San Francisco Chronicle's Health Section on November 20. The story, "Alzheimer's Disease: New ideas in search for a cure" summarized research at several Bay area institutions.

The Bredesen lab published a study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science focused on the connection between a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's and a well-known "anti-aging" protein. The study was covered on the front page of The Marin Independent Journal, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat and on the Fox News Health Site.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a guest opinion piece on Sunday June 30, "Science Struggles for Funding." The piece featured the work of faculty Simon Melov and other research underway at the Buck Institute.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story on June 11 covering a study from the Melov lab focusing on rapamycin and a study that showed the drug reversed heart disease in elderly mice.

On May 1st, Buck Institute President and CEO Brian Kennedy appeared on "Chicago Tonight" on WTTW-TV, the leading PBS station in Chicago.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat did a story about the first grade school class to visit the Buck Institute's new Learning Center. The story, replete with many photos, ran on April 18. The Marin Independent Journal attended the April 20 Grand Opening of the Center. Their story spread also included a video with one of the young scientists volunteering at the event.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story, "Accelerator of Research; Stem cell bank to be based at Buck Institute" on March 29.

On March 7, Buck faculty Dale Bredesen, MD, and Pankaj Kapahi, PhD, appeared on KQED's Forum program to discuss "How to Eat For a Longer Life." Hosted by Michael Krasny, the program is among the most popular at KQED, the most-listened-to NPR station in the country.

On March 7, the Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story on local impact of the federal budget sequestration. "Federal budget cuts hit county; Buck Institute, Hospice by the Bay feel squeeze of sequestration."

The Chilean newspaper La Tercera ran a major article on January 26 "Aging will be the most important medical problem within the next 10 or 15 years," featuring an interview with Buck CEO Brian Kennedy. The issue also included a column by Kennedy and Senior Vice-President for External Affairs, Raja Kamal titled, "A national healthy aging campaign: the basics."

Buck faculty Lisa Ellerby, PhD, appeared in the January 15 edition of The Scientists in an article "Bespoke stem cells for brain disease." Ellerby's lab is focused on developing treatments for Huntington's disease.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a "Marin Voice" op-ed by Buck faculty Dale Bredesen, MD on Sunday January 7. The piece was titled "The Healthiest Town in America."

Buck faculty Brad Gibson, PhD, was interviewed for an article appearing in the January edition of Nature Methods: "Method of the Year - Targeted Proteomics."

2012

Faculty member Judith Campisi, PhD, was quoted in a December article in a special supplement of Nature, focusing on aging and the promise of stem cell therapy. The entire issue covered aging research and issues related to an aging population.

Scientists at the Buck Institute have identified hundreds of "druggable" molecular targets for Huntington's disease. The genome-wide screening featured the use of RNAi technology and was published in PLoS Genetics. The research was covered in many biotechnology publications as well as the Marin Independent Journal.

Buck Institute Trustee Art Gensler and his wife Drue have donated $5 million to the Institute. The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story about the gift on November 3rd. The San Francisco Business Times covered the story in their online edition, as well as the North Bay Business Journal.

The October issue of Karger Gazette, a publication for the biomedical community, focused on aging. The issue included a profile of Buck Institute CEO Brian Kennedy.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat covered the October 27th North Bay Discovery Day event. At least 7,000 people attended the Bay Area Science Festival signature event, which was held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Nature published a landmark breast cancer study on September 23rd, following unprecedented genetic analysis of tumors from 825 patients. The Benz lab, in partnership with UC Santa Cruz, made significant contributions to the study. The San Francisco Chronicle ran a front page story on September 24th, as did the Marin Independent Journal.

On September 17, CEO Brian Kennedy was quoted in an article about the effects of rapamycin on longevity in the Boston Globe.

The Fall 2012 edition of Marin Medicine included an article by faculty member Deepak Lamba, MBBS, PhD, on "Stem Cell Therapeutics for Retinal Degenerations."

Buck faculty Deepak Lamba was awarded $1.5 million from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine on September 6 to build a 3-D model of the retina. The Marin Independent Journal covered the grant, which is aimed at understanding retinitis pigmentosa.

Buck faculty Judith Campisi did a video interview for Scientific American which posted August 8th. Campisi discusses the "cons of chemotherapy", explaining that some treatments cause cellular senesence, which stop cell growth but also cause inflammation in surrounding tissues. This inflammation can pose a risk factor for cancer.

KTSF, the San Francisco based Chinese language television station, aired a story about Buck faculty Xianmin Zeng, PhD, and her work involving stem cell technology and Parkinson's disease.

Buck Institute CEO Brian Kennedy, PhD, was interviewed for a Burrill Report podcast that posted on July 13. The report focused on regenerative medicine and aging research, and in particular on studies involving the drug rapamycin.

The Kapahi lab published a study on July 3 in Cell Metabolism. They determined that fruit flies on dietary restriction (DR) need to be physically active in order to get the lifespan extending benefits that come from their Spartan diet. If the same axiom holds true in humans, those practicing caloric restriction in hopes of living longer need to make sure they eat enough to avoid fatigue. The study was featured in the Marin Independent Journal.

Scientists from the Ellerby lab report that they have corrected the genetic mutation responsible for Huntington's disease in induced pluripotent stem cells. The research, featured in Cell Stem Cell published on June 28. The study was featured in the San Francisco Business Times.

The Greenberg lab published a study on May 22 in the prestigious journal The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research, which was covered in a front page story in the Marin Independent Journal focused on modifying scar tissue as a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of chronic stroke.

The Marin Independent Journal previewed the opening of the new Regenerative Medicine Research Center on Friday April 13. One story focused on construction (and the fact that it came in under budget). The other included a history of the project. The San Francisco Business Times used the formal opening of the building to do a story about stem cell research.

The North Bay Business Journalpublished a special insert on March 26th - celebrating the upcoming opening of the Institute's new Regenerative Medicine Research Center, the third of five buildings approved in the Buck master plan.

The Louisville, KY Courier Journal covered the 100th birthday of Leda Beierle, the grandmother of Buck Institute CEO Brian K. Kennedy, PhD. The article was published March 22. On April 6, USA Today ran another version of the story.

Buck CEO Brian Kennedy was quoted in an article appearing in The Economic Times on February 20. The article talked about the aging population and techological advances that are allowing them to remain independent.

An op-ed by Senior VP Raja Kamal, "A wake up call for El Salvador" was published in El Mundo on Febuary 14. An English translation is available here.

Buck faculty Simon Melov published an article in Science Translational Medicine on February 1 showing that massage reduces inflammation following strenous exercise. The study was featured in many publications, including USA Today, NPR, Huffington Post, and the Marin Independent Journal.

KGO-TV, the San Francisco ABC affiliate, featured a story on the Buck Institute's geothermal project on January 10. The story featured interviews with Ralph O'Rear, VP of Facilities and Nancy Derr, Buck CFO.

2011

Faculty members Judith Campisi and Simon Melov were interviewed by the National Journal for a December 15 article, "Longevity: A Manual."

Buck faculty Judith Campisi was interviewed for the Dec 4 broadcast of "The Sunday Edition" - a production of the CBC, Canadian Public Broadcasting. The opening segment of the program featured a story on a 92-year old athlete and the implications for age research.

The Oregonian ran an editorial "Living well for a long time" on November 6, quoting Buck faculty Judith Campisi.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a op-ed by Buck CEO Brian Kennedy on November 4, calling for more preventative measures for type 2 diabetes.

Buck faculty Judith Campisi was quoted in The New York Times on November 3rd, in a story that covered research involving mice that had been cleared of senescent cells.

Buck faculty Julie Andersen, PhD, was interviewed by KRCB-FM for a story about stem cell research - as a preview for the October 29th "Combating the Challenges of Aging Through Stem Cells" event at Sonoma State University.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a major feature story on Sunday October 23, based on the September Community Seminar which focused on aging skin. The story featured an interview with Buck faculty, Judith Campisi, PhD.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story on October 15, covering research in the Lunyak lab which has discovered a way to reverse aging in human stem cells.

The Arab Times featured an Op-Ed by Buck CEO Brian Kennedy PhD, on October 7. The article focused on the epidemic of Type II diabetes now impacting the middle East. A similar article appeared in the Kuwait Times.

The International Business Times covered a study from the Lunyak lab on September 24. The research - appearing in Cell Cycle - shows that it is possible to reverse the aging process in human adult stem cells, which helps regenerate old or damaged tissues.

Buck President and CEO Brian K. Kennedy, PhD, was quoted in the Boston Globe and in The Scientist on September 21st -- in stories that dealt with controversies over the role of Sirtuins in lifespan extension and age research.

Buck faculty Christopher Benz, MD was featured in the University of California, San Francisco's Summer newsletter - in an article that covered his role in encouraging the career of Nobel prizewinner Elizabeth Blackburn.

Buck faculty Gordon Lithgow was interviewed in the September issue of the Nob Hill Gazette.

The September issue of Marin Magazine included a story about the growth of the Buck Institute and construction of our new regenerative medicine research building. The Institute was also the site of the fall fashion shoot.

The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story on August 29th updating activity of the Marin Women's Study. The Buck Institute is a partner in the unique DNA/lifestyle survey involving breast cancer.

The Marin Independent Journal covered the Buck's Summer Scholar Program in story that ran on August 6th.

On Sunday July 24, the Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story about a collaboration between the Buck and UK's Proteome Sciences aimed at developing test to improve breast cancer therapy.

The Buck Institute was named as one of "Marin's Hot 101's" in the August issue of Marin Magazine.

The Novato Patch highlighted the Buck participation in science education in a July 22 story, "Public-Private partners spark interest in math, science among Novato kids."

The Providence Journal ran an Op-Ed authored by Buck faculty Julie Anderson on July 9th: "Are we giving U.S. infants too much iron?"

Both Buck Institute CEO Brian Kennedy, PhD and faculty Christopher Benz, MD took part in a TedX conference in Madagascar. The conference, sponsored by the Akbaraly Foundation focused on women's health in the African nation.

Buck faculty Julie Andersen, PhD, published a paper in the Journal of Neuroscience Research on June 25, focusing on lithium as a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease. The story in the Marin Independent Journal featured an interview with Andersen and comments by the CEO of the Parkinson's Institute. The story was covered on several health-related websites, it was also covered in the UK in The Daily Telegraph.

Faculty Gordon Lithgow, PhD, was interviewed about his work (and his recent paper in Nature) On June 17th in an episode of Futures in Biotech, a podcast hosted by Marc Pelletieir. The program was co-hosted by Buck faculty Simon Melov, PhD.

Buck Institute President and CEO Brian Kennedy talks about the demographics of aging and efforts to increase healthspan on South-South News. South-South News broadcasts news stories and shares best practices on progress toward the United Nations Millenium Development Goals.

The June issue of Outside Magazine included a story Go the Distance; the piece focused on the value of endurance running and featured an interview with faculty Simon Melov.

Buck research focusing on molecular pathways involved in dietary restriction and lifespan extension appears in the May 12 edition of Nature. ABC Science covers the story online along with the Marin Independent Journal.

Buck faculty member Dale Bredesen, MD and venture philanthropist Douglas Rosenberg appeared on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny on April 5. The program is the most popular NPR talk show on the West Coast.

The Lithgow lab published a study in the prestigious journal Nature on March 30th. The research was covered in several venues. KGO-TV, the ABC affiliate in San Francisco did the story as did The New York Times. The story appeared on the front page of the Marin Independent Journal and The Santa Rosa Press Democrat.The story was also covered in New Scientist and Science News.

Nature's Kerri Smith interviewed Buck faculty Gordon Lithgow for a podcast that was posted on the day of publication.

The Marin Independent Journal covers March 26 Community Seminar "Stress Less" with Gordon Lithgow and Thea Singer.

Buck Institute President and CEO Brian Kennedy, was the featured Executive Profile in the March 11 issue of the San Francisco Business Times.

Alzheimer's disease research from the Bredesen lab was the focus of a stories that ran on March 7th on KGO-TV, the San Francisco ABC affiliate and on February 25th on KPIX-TV, the San Francisco CBS. Both stories featured interviews with Dr. Dale Bredesen as well as Douglas Rosenberg, who donated $3.5 million to fund drug development in the Bredesen lab.

On February 28, the Institute announced a partnership with philanthropist Douglas Rosenberg, who donated $3.5 million (and pledged to raise $10 million) to the Bredesen laboratory to develop potential treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The story was covered in the San Francisco Business Times, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and the Marin Independent Journal.

On February 7, the Marin Independent Journal applauded the effort in an editorial.

January 24, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat highlights the work of our science education coordinator Julie Mangada in an article, "Buck Institute scientist's youthful spirit."

January 21, the Sacramento Bee publishes an Op-Ed written by Buck President and CEO, Brian Kennedy, PhD, "Fountain of youth may be elusive, but let's find the fountain of health."

Buck faculty Judith Campisi, PhD is featured on a podcast from Futures in Biotech, which aired on January 15. The program, co-hosted by faculty member Simon Melov, PhD, focused on the connection between aging and cancer

January 11, Buck faculty Dr. Dale Bredesen is interviewed on KSRO-AM radio. He discusses Alzheimer's disease and specific research now underway in his laboratory.

January 10, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat runs a front page story, "North Bay researchers hope for breakthrough on Alzheimer's". The story features an interview with faculty member Dale Bredesen, MD and a photograph from the Bredesen lab.

2010

December 23: "Better Prepare for the Silver Tsunami" an Op-Ed written by Buck President and CEO, Brian Kennedy is published in the Providence Journal.

December 17: Buck President and CEO, Brian Kennedy and faculty member Simon Melov are interviewed for Futures in Biotech, a feature appearing on TWIT TV.

November 21: Buck faculty Simon Melov is quoted in a story about exercise and aging appearing in USA Today.

November 18: Buck faculty Pankaj Kapahi appears in a story on KGO-TV that focuses on the drug rapamycin and alcoholism. Kapahi addressed the use of rapamycin in age research.

October 21: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awards $6 million to faculty member Xianmin Zeng to get a stem cell based treatment for Parkinson's disease ready for clinical trial. Read about it in the Marin Independent Journal and the San Francisco Business Times.

The Buck Institute "cements" the future of our new Regenerative Medicine Research building when we pour concrete for the foundation. Read about it in the Marin Independent Journal.

The Marin Independent Journal ran an editorial, “Buck’s deal with BioMarin Shows Great Promise.” August 23

Study from Zeng lab shows treatment with human induced pluripotent stem cells cures Parkinson's disease in rodents. Read the story that ran on August 16

Dr. Dale Bredesen appeared on KPFA-FM’s “Morning Show” hosted by Philip Maldari. The hour-long segment was devoted to an update on Alzheimer’s research and news for consumers. August 15

KPFA-FM's "Morning Show"

The Marin Independent Journal covers a study from the Ellerby lab appearing in Neuron --
“Buck finds therapy target for dementia precursor; Huntington study appears in Neuron. July 30

The Buck Institute announces the appointment of Brian Kennedy, PhD, as new CEO – the story is covered in the Marin Independent Journal and the San Francisco Business Times. June 28

The Marin Independent Journal covers the special public seminar by
Dr. John Rowe -- “Expert: Nation Not Ready to Handle Aging Population”. June 15

The Marin Independent Journal ran a front page story on June 3,: “Buck pushes ahead with stem cell center; without $15 million in stimulus cash, institute to issue bonds for new $41 million facility.” June 3

The Why Files posted a story on a study out of the Kapahi lab: “Big losers take note: It’s all in the biochemistry" May 13

Buck Faculty Dale Bredesen, MD, writes about Alzheimer's research in Marin Medicine. May

North Bay Bohemian cover story highlights Buck Institute stem cell program. April 14

The Marin Independent Journal covers a study from the Greenberg lab, “Buck Institute study offers hope for future treatment for stroke.” April 13

February 28: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran a story, “What experts in aging do to age healthfully.”

2009

KGO-TV interviews faculty member Pankaj Kapahi, PhD for “Researchers look at compound to slow effects of aging” November 24

The Marin Independent Journal covers EUREKA grant awarded to Dr. Dale Bredesen. July 7

2008

London's The Telegraph covers Dr. Simon Melov's latest study, "Scientists find way to calculate people's real age." November 19

Dr. Judith Campisi's aging literature review is featured in The Telegraph,"Secrets of immortality could be tantalisingly close." August 27

2007

Canada's Globe and Mail covers Dr. Simon Melov's muscle mass and aging study. May 23

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