Anderson, Le Couteur Named GSA’s Biological Sciences Journal Editors

For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has appointed Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and David Le Couteur, FRACP, PhD, of the University of Sydney as the biological sciences co-editors-in-chief of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, effective January 2018.

“Their complimentary breadth of expertise and shared innovative vision for the journal make Drs. Le Couteur and Anderson ideally suited to co-lead the journal,” said Noah J. Webster, PhD, chair of GSA’s Publications Committee. “Furthermore, their reputations as leading scholars in the field as well as longstanding contributions to the journal in both scholarly content and editorial leadership, we are confident will ensure the journal’s continued top ranking in the field.”

The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences is published by Oxford Journals on behalf of GSA. Its biological sciences section publishes peer-reviewed on the biological aspects of aging in areas such as biochemistry, biodemography, cellular and molecular biology, comparative and evolutionary biology, endocrinology, exercise sciences, genetics, immunology, morphology, neuroscience, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, vertebrate and invertebrate genetics, and biological underpinnings of late life diseases. The journal, with an impact factor of 5.957, has been ranked first of 32 in the gerontology category of Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition for the past seven consecutive years.

The Journals of Gerontology, Series A, with its adjoined biological sciences and medical sciences sections, occupy a unique niche in aging research publications at the intersection of basic and clinical research,” Anderson said. “The importance of biology of aging research cannot be overstated, and its translation to clinical implementation promises a new approach to understanding aging and the complications presented by age-related disease. Dr. David Le Couteur and I are honored and excited to contribute to the long tradition of GSA and the Journals of Gerontology in promoting and advancing the field of aging research.”

Anderson leads the Metabolism of Aging Research Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Her work on aging and delayed aging by caloric restriction began in unicellular eukaryotes during her post-doc in Harvard Medical School, and extended into mammalian systems at the UW-Madison Institute on Aging and at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. Anderson is a co-principal investigator of the Caloric Restriction and Aging in Rhesus Monkeys Study, which was the first to demonstrate the translatability of mechanisms of delayed aging by caloric restriction to primate species. She is also associate director of the UW Madison T32 Biology of Aging Training Grant Program and director of the Cellular and Molecular Biology of Aging course.

She is a recipient of GSA’s Nathan Shock New Investigator Award, The Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, and a Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award from the American Federation for Aging Research and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research. Anderson is also a GSA fellow, which is the highest level of membership within the Society.

The co-editorship between Anderson and Le Couteur is the first in the journal’s history.

Le Couteur is a professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Sydney, and a senior staff specialist physician in geriatric medicine at the Concord RG Hospital in Sydney. In 2016, he was awarded an Order of Australia for distinguished service to medicine as a clinical pharmacologist and geriatrician, particularly through a range of advisory roles and academic research activities. He has published more than 300 publications and chapters on a wide range of aging topics across human and animal studies. In particular, these focus on aging biology and nutrition, the aging liver and medication use in older people.

He was president of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists and is a member of the Council of the International Union for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology. He was recipient of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 2013 William B Abrams award; 2015 Rand Medal of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists; and 2017 Arthur E Mills Memorial Oration of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has had extensive experience in government advisory committees related to the registration, funding and post-marketing safety of medications.

“Major advances in health this century are likely to come from our increased understanding of aging biology,” Le Couteur said. “It is an incredibly exciting time to be involved with the science of aging biology. I have a background in aging, geriatric medicine and clinical pharmacology, so I’m really looking forward to seeing many translational breakthrough papers published. It will be a great honor to work alongside my co-editor, Dr. Rozalyn Anderson.”


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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