Dr. Valter Longo Finds Fasting Slows Tumor Growth

This article was originally published Jan 22, 2014. EYES IN Magazine and Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk would like to congratulate Dr. Valter Longo and wish him continued success.

EYES IN Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk interviewed researcher and director of the USC Longevity Institute, Dr. Valter Longo. Vivian writes, "Dr. Valter Longo is one of the first 'rock scientists' I ever interviewed. Being a musician with a scientific mind and a Ph.D. can certainly bring you far. Dr. Longo is originally from Italy, and works as an American biogerontologist and cell biologist. He is a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology with a joint appointment in the department of Biological Sciences and serves as the director of the USC Longevity Institute.

"It was an honor and pleasure to talk with a such a brilliant, innovative and creative mind. During the interview I learned a lot about how my longevity can be prolonged. I hope you will be like me - eager to enjoy this knowledge which we will show and share with you in April's EYES IN Magazine Edition 30. There is a lot to know about how to become much older than a centenarian!"

In the accompanying video, Dr. Longo reports that fasting cycles retard growth of tumors and sensitize a range of cancer cell types to chemotherapy, potentially making chemotherapy more effective.

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Dr. Valter Longo

Dr. Longo is the Director of the Longevity Institute, a Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and the Edna Jones Chair of Biogerontology. He is interested in understanding the mechanisms of aging in organisms ranging from yeast to humans. The focus is on the conserved nutrient signaling pathways that can be modulated to protect against age-dependent oxidative damage and delay or prevent diseases of aging including cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases.

The neurobiology component of the laboratory focuses on genetic and dietary interventions to protect glial cells and neurons against oxidative stress and Alzheimer's disease. The cancer projects in the laboratory are focused on: a) dietary and genetic interventions for the differential protection and sensitization of normal and cancer cells with focus on stem cells and a variety of tumors. Several projects in the laboratory are "translational" and have both very basic and clinical components. For example, the laboratory is actively involved in several clinical trials to test the use of extreme diets to enhance cancer treatment.

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