Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 10 December 2003
Vol. 2003, Issue 49, p. nf20
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2003.49.nf20]


Mission (Not) Impossible

Endocrinologist Nir Barzilai, a former chief instructor of medics for the Israeli army, is determined to elucidate the relations among body fat, blood lipids, insulin, and aging

Ingfei Chen

Abstract: Before he became an endocrinologist, Nir Barzilai served as a medic in the Israeli Defense Forces and spent time in Cambodia and South Africa treating victims of war, poverty, and disease. Today, 13 years after immigrating to the United States, he directs the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he explores the metabolic consequences of aging in rodents and the genetics of longevity in extremely old Ashkenazi Jews. Barzilai credits his military training with giving him the confidence and drive to pursue risky research proposals that are initially unlikely to win major funding. His top priority these days is mentoring young scientists in gerontology.

Citation: I. Chen, Mission (Not) Impossible. Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2003 (49), nf20 (2003).

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