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Steven Austad

Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Austad is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Scientific Director of the American Federation for Aging Research. In addition, he directs the NIH-supported UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, one of only six such Centers in the United States. He is also the Co-director of the Nathan Shock Centers Coordinating Center and serves on the Executive Committee of the National Institute on Aging’s Research Centers Collaborative Network.

Dr. Austad’s current research seeks to understand the underlying causes of aging with a long-term goal of developing medical interventions that slow the age-related decay in human health. Dr. Austad is the author of more than 200 scientific peer-reviewed publications covering nearly every aspect of aging from cells to societies. Dr. Austad is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and of the Gerontological Society of America. He has received multiple prestigious awards for his research work.

The Bet

In 2000, when Steven Austad predicted in Scientific American that "The first 150-year old person is probably alive right now."

Jay Olshansky, another expert on ageing, didn't think so — and the scientists agreed to stake cash on the debate.

On 15 September 2000, they be each other $150 - putting that amount each into an investment fund. The final fund value will be paid to the winner or their descendants in 2150.

In 2016, both men felt even more confident in their views, so decided to up the ante to US$600.

Source: Nature, 2016

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See also: Academia University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) - Public Research university.

Details last updated 08-Jan-2021

Steven Austad is also referenced in the following:

Global Healthspan Summit 2023

29-Nov-2023 to 30-Nov-2023

Longevity summit organised by Hevolution Foundation (Riyadh,Saudi Arabia)

Longevity Summit Dublin 2023

17-Aug-2023 to 20-Aug-2023
Club discount available - click here

Event gathering Global Longevity and Rejuvenation community in Dublin with many longevity movement superstars as speakers

Metabesity 2021

11-Oct-2021 to 14-Oct-2021

The Kitalys institute virtual conference targeting key questions that will impact the future of aging and extending healthspan

Steven Austad Blog Posts

Highlights from Longevity Summit Dublin 2023

Highlights from Longevity Summit Dublin 2023

Key points and slides from the leading longevity conference hosted by Aubrey de Grey

Steven Austad Creations

Methuselah’s Zoo


What Nature Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Healthier Lives, a book written by Steven N. Austad

Steven Austad News

Eating less may lead to longer life

Irish Times - 07-Apr-2016

Greater longevity for those who reduce their calorie intake. Calorific restriction has been show...