NOVA to Feature Kuakini Researchers on PBS
“Can We Slow Aging?” Program Highlights Research on FOXO Gene on January 26
January 12, 2011
NOVA, a science documentary show, will feature Kuakini Medical Center Researchers and their work on the FOXO gene in its January 26 episode, “Can We Slow Aging?”, on PBS at 8 p.m.
Kuakini researchers identified a gene called FOXO3A that is linked with better health and a longer life. FOXO-related genes have been shown to prolong lifespan in other species, but Kuakini Researchers, as part of the Hawaii Lifespan Study, first linked it to the longevity in humans. The findings of the study were published in the September 1, 2008 of the Proceeding of the National Academy of Science.
The researchers utilized data from the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program, a longitudinal study started in 1965 that examines the incidence and prevalence of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and chronic lung disease as well as related lifestyle factors. It began as a study of 8,006 men of Japanese ancestry living on the island of Oahu. Examinations continue today with the remaining original participants and continuing collection of epidemiological and clinical data.