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Catalyst Awardee

Automatically Refocusing Reading Glasses

Konrad, Robert, PhD; Nitish Padmanaban, PhD; Kevin Boyle, PhD | Zinn Labs
Competition Sponsor: US National Academy of Medicine
Award Year: 2021 With age, humans gradually lose the ability to focus to near distances. By their late 40s, most people struggle to view objects within arm’s reach clearly, making it…

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Affordable, Accessible Hearing Care for Aging Well

Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH | Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Competition Sponsor: U.S. National Academy of Medicine
Awardee Year: 2020   Age-related hearing loss is nearly universal and is strongly and independently associated with negative outcomes in almost every domain of…

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Anti-Aging Properties of a New Form of Non-Thermal Plasma

Benjamin Scherlag, Ph.D. | University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
Competition Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine
Awardee Year: 2020 Our recent experiments discovered that free water molecules1 (size, 2.75Å) passed through glass pores (8 -12 Å). When confined, the inherent kinetic energy of free water molecules reacted to produce plasma.…

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Can Hormetic Stress Increase Vagal Tone and Slow Cell Aging?

Elissa Epel, PhD, Wendy Mendes, PhD, and Aric Prather, PhD | University of California, San Francisco
Competition Sponsor: U.S. National Academy of Medicine
Awardee Year: 2020 There have been remarkable discoveries about life extension in lower organisms such as worms using hormetic stress.  Hormetic stress includes short term moderate stressors…

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Centenarian Species Genomes Project

Glenn Gerhard, MD | Lewiz Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; and Sudhir Kumar, PhD | Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, Temple University
Competition Sponsor: National Academy of Medicine
Awardee Year: 2020 The central tenet to our idea is that in order to extend the human healthspan,…

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