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Newman Named as GSA’s Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2016

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh as the next medical sciences editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, effective January 2017.

“We are elated to announce that Dr. Newman has accepted this assignment,” said Panayiotis Tsitouras, MD, chair of GSA’s Editor Search Committee. “She is exceptionally qualified to fulfill this role as she has already served as an associate editor for several years, published more than 600 original peer-reviewed papers related to aging, and has been the recipient of numerous research grants and awards over her long, successful career.”

The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences is published by Oxford Journals on behalf of GSA. Its medical sciences section contains peer-reviewed articles representing the full range of medical sciences pertaining to aging, including basic medical science, clinical epidemiology, clinical research, and health services research for professions such as medicine, dentistry, allied health sciences, and nursing. It also publishes articles on research pertinent to human biology and disease. For six consecutive years, the journal has had the highest impact factor of publications ranked in the gerontology category of Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition.

“Our understanding of the aging process has accelerated in recent years such that it is now possible to translate the basic biology of aging to human studies and test new interventions to help people live healthy, productive lives well into old age,” Newman said. “I’m honored to be named editor of this prestigious journal, which continues to shed light on myriad discoveries and advancements in the field of gerontology.”

At the University of Pittsburgh, Newman is the chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, the Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Sciences, the director of the Center for Aging and Population Health, and holds appointments as a professor within the Department of Medicine and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Her research focuses on aging, including the determinants of physical and cognitive function as well as successful aging and longevity. She has special expertise in the study of cardiovascular disease and aging and body composition, sarcopenia, and physical functioning. She is presently the principal investigator of several long term cohort studies and clinical trials in older adults funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Newman is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians, the American Epidemiology Society, and the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualifications in geriatric medicine. She has served as an associate editor of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences and is on the editorial boards of several other journals. She also is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership.

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The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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