2017 Grant Recipients

 

Biology of Aging Grants
 

AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty


New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease
 

Arthritis and Aging Research Grant


Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Awards 
 

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging
 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging


The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

 

Physician Training Grants

 

The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76)

 

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

 


AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty

Luis Batista, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis: The impact of progressive telomere shortening on mitochondria function and energy metabolism of human stem cells
Peter Douglas, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: Stress mediated actin phosphorylation in endocytosis and age regulation
Sergei Doulatov, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Washington: The role of autophagy in hematopoietic stem cell aging
Michael Garratt, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan: Sensory perception of the social environment: regulation of mouse development, metabolism and aging
Vyacheslav Labunskyy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine: ER stress resistance and longevity
Darcie Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison: The molecular mechanism underlying asymmetric segregation of aging factors in mammalian neural stem cells
Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Stanford School of Medicine: Transient reprogramming for efficient cell-autonomous reversal of age-associated phenotypes
Archana Unnikrishnan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Research, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center: Role of DNA mehtylation in Dietary Restriction mediated insulin sensitivity
Rui Xiao, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Florida: Cold-Shock Proteins (CSPs) in stress response and lifespan modulation
Amir Zarrinpar MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego: The Relationship of Gut Luminal Dynamics and Aging-Related Circadian Dysfunction and Dysmetabolism


New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease

Congcong He, PhDAssistant Professor, Northwestern University: Role of Becn2 in modulation of annabinoid signaling and Alzheimer's disease
Arieh Moussaieff, PhD, Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Exploring the role and regulatin of phospholipids in the AD brain.
Hsiao-Ying Wey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital: Imaging Epigenetic Mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease with PET/MRI

AFAR is grateful to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundaton for their support of and collaboration on this program.


Arthritis and Aging Research Grant

Brian Diekman, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University: Cellular Senescence as a driver and therapeutic target for osteoarthritis (OA)


Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Awards

Pinchas Cohen, MD, Dean- Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California,: Charcterization of the Healthspan Promoting Actvity of the Mitochondrial Peptide Humanin
William Mair, PhD, Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: The role of RNA splicing in TORC1 physiology in mammals

 

Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging

 

The 2017 awardees have not yet been announced

 

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging

Andrew Davidson, Tulane University School of Medicine: Compensatory strategy for motor learning in the aged mouse cortex due to excitation-inhibition imbalance.
Emily Davis, University of California, San Francisco: Sex and Mitochondrial Fitness in the Aging Brain
Kerui Huang, Iowa State University: Functional and Tarnscriptional Analysis on Activin-Mediated Autophagy in Liver Aging
Erica Lorenzo, University of Connecticut Health Center: Examining the Effects of Senescent Cells on CD4 T cell effector Functions
Ramsey Najm, Gladstone, UCSF: hiPSC-Derived MGE Progenitor Transplantation in Alzheimer's Disease Mouse Models
Stephanie Post. Brown University: Determining lifespan effects in Drosophila melanogaster of the phosphorylation state of glycogen phosphorylase and epistatic interactions with insulin-like peptide dilp2
Pradeep Ramalingam MD, MBBS, Weill Cornell Medical College: Endothelial-specific mTOR signaling drives hematopoietic stem cell aging
Joseph Reynolds, University of Southern California: Exercise Induced Mitochonrial Peptide Prevents Age-dependent Physical Decline
Aref Shahini, University at Buffalo, the State Univeristy of New York: NANOG Expression Restores the Myogenic Differentiation of Myoblasts after Organismal Aging or Cellular Senescence
Yee Voan Teo, Brown University: Cellular heterogeneity in senescence
Maitreyi Upadhyay, University at Albany, SUNY: Transposon mediated Wnt signaling regulates germline stem cell differentiation in Drosophila
Joe Webb Iowa State University: Genetic Regulation of Metabolism in the Aging Human Brain by Sirtuin Genes
Chia-An Yen, University of Southern California: Mitochondrial ALH-6's Role in the Male Reproductive Senescence

AFAR is grateful to the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research for their support of and collaboration on the above grant programs.


The Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

 

The 2017 awardees have not yet been announced


The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76)

2017 Beeson Scholars are fully funded through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Miles Berger, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center: Neuro-inflammation in postoperative cognitive dysfunction:CSF and fMRI studies
Charles Brown, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University: Monitoring Cerebral Autoregulation in Patients Undergoing Traumatic Hip Fracture Surgery to Improve Postoperative Outcomes
Lauren Ferrante, MD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Yale University: The PREDICT Study (PRE-ICU Determinants of Post-ICU FunCTional Outcomes among Older Adults)
Jonathan Graff-Radford, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Mayo Clinic: Cerebral Microbleeds in the aging population
Caroline Stephens RN, PhD, GNP, Associate Professor ,University of California, San Francisco: Improving Palliative Care Access through Technology (ImPAcTT): A Multi-Component Pilot Study


Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program

MSTAR Students Privately Funded in New York City

John Butterworth, Weill Cornell Medicine 
Anna Cai,
Weill Cornell Medicine 
Rebecca Chandler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Emily Chase, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 
Sida Chen, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Sophia Chiu, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Ariela Hazan, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Zina Huxley-Reicher, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Lisa Koenig, Weill Cornell Medicine 
Joshua Loewenstern, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Rio O'Mary, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Sara Pasik, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Aishwarya Raja, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Christopher Root,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Joseph Schnitter, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Stephanie Schonholz, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Amy Sun, Weill Cornell Medicine 
Wayne Sy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Hua-Hsin Tai, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Patrick Yong,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai





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