January 1, 1897|
Brăila, Kingdom of Romania
|Died||May 20, 1988 (aged 91)
Bucharest, Socialist Republic of Romania
|Institutions||National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics (founder)|
|Alma mater||Faculty of Medicine, Bucharest (1915-1922)|
Ana Aslan (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈana asˈlan]; 1 January 1897 – 20 May 1988) was a Romanian biologist and physician who discovered the anti-aging effects of procaine, based on which she developed the drugs Gerovital H3 and Aslavital. She is considered to be a pioneer of gerontology and geriatrics in Romania. In 1952, she founded the Geriatric Institute of Bucharest. This institute was the first of its kind in the world and was recognized by the World Health Organization.
While investigating the pain-relieving effects of procaine in patients with arthritis, Ana Aslan discovered that the drug also produced other beneficial effects, such as an improvement of skin and hair aspect, better memory, and a general feeling of well-being. Based on this discovery, she developed the anti-aging drug Gerovital H3 (1952). Later, together with Elena Polovrăgeanu, she created an improved formula marketed as Aslavital (1961).
The beneficial effects of Gerovital have been scientifically recognized. However, some studies have failed to replicate the anti-aging effects (see main article). Gerovital is currently banned in the U.S. by the FDA as an "unapproved new drug".
Ana Aslan received many international distinctions for her research activity, for example:
- “Cross of Merit” – First Class of the Order of Merit, Germany, 1971
- “Cavalier de la Nouvelle Europe” Prize Oscar, Italy, 1973
- “Les Palmes Academiques”, France, 1974
- “Honorary Foreign Citizen and Honorary Professor of Sciences”, Philippines, 1978
- “Member Honoris Causa” Diploma of the Bohemo-Slovakian Society of Gerontology, 1981
- “Leon Bernard” Prize, important distinction granted by the World Health Organization upon nomination and endorsement by officials of a member state (in this case by the Romanian Nicolae Ceauşescu) for contributing to the development of gerontology and geriatrics, 1982
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Besides the Gerovital H3 medicine, Ana Aslan also developed anti-aging cosmetics lines. The original recipes for the preparation of the cosmetics are still respected today by Farmec (Romanian Company), which received the rights from Ana Aslan to produce the Gerovital cosmetics.
The Gerovital cosmetics products include several lines for skin care, hair care, eye care etc. Some of the cosmetics lines produced by Farmec from the original Ana Aslan recipes are: Gerovital H3, Gerovital Plant and Aslavital.
The cosmetics do not have anything to do with the procaine drugs, are made of natural plant extracts, produced to high quality standards and are generally approved. (also by the FDA)
- Dumitrascu, D. L., Shampo, M. A., & Kyle, R. A. (1998, October). Ana Aslan--founder of the first Institute of Geriatrics. In Mayo Clinic proceedings. Mayo Clinic (Vol. 73, No. 10, p. 960).
- Parhon, C. I., & Aslan, A. (1955). Novocaina; factor eutrofic şi întineritor în tratamentul profilactic şi curativ al bătrînetii. Editura Academiei Republicii Populare Romîne.
- Dean, W. (2001). DMAE and PABA—An alternative to Gerovital (GH3), the “Romanian Youth Drug,”. Vitamin Research News, 15, 9.
- Kapoor, V. K., Dureja, J., & Chadha, R. (2009). Synthetic drugs with anti-ageing effects. Drug discovery today, 14(17), 899-904.