Ana Aslan was born 1st January, 1897. She was a Romanian biologist and physician who discovered the anti-aging effects of procaine, based on the drugs Gerovital H3 and Aslavital, which she developed.
Aslan was considered a pioneer of social medicine. Years after becoming the head of the physiology department at the Institute of Endocrinology of Bucharest, she founded the Institute of Geriatrics of Bucharest in 1952. This institute was the first of its kind in the world and was recognized by the World Health Organization.
She was known for coining the term “gerontology”, and in 1959 organized the Romanian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The Romanian Society of Gerontology was the first in the world to channel its research into clinic, experimental, and social researches, devise a therapeutic strategy to prevent the process of aging, and organize and national health network for the prevention of aging.
Her drugs were used by many famous politicians and celebrities around the world, including John F. Kennedy. She died 20th May, 1988.
- James Gavin