2012 Beeson Annual Meeting and New Scholars

More than 80 past and current Beeson scholars and mentors, as well as leaders from the National Institutes of Health and foundation representatives, came together for the 2012 Beeson Annual Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. The meeting took place September 19-21 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. The John A. Hartford Foundation generously provided support for the meeting.

The Beeson Annual Meeting provided an opportunity for scholars to share their work with one another and to receive advice and guidance from their mentors and other senior researchers. Highlights included presentations from Richard Hodes, MD, Director of the National Institute on Aging; Griffin Rodgers, MD, MACP, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; and Mitchell Feldman, MD, MPhil, who hosted a workshop on mentoring skills.

The 2012 Beeson Scholars were also introduced at the meeting. Read about their projects here.

AFAR Symposium Leads to Reconsideration of Protein Guidelines

A paper published November 26 in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences concluded that the current Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein may not be sufficient to ensure optimal health and function for some older adults. The paper reflects the consensus that emerged among a group of leading experts in geriatric nutrition who gathered to attend an AFAR-organized symposium.

Hartford Foundation Renews Support of AFAR

The John A. Hartford Foundation has renewed its commitment to AFAR with a $9 million dollar pledge to continue supporting the Centers for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine program and Geriatric Psychiatry and the Medical Student Training in Research (MSTAR) program for three and a half years.

When you make a donation to the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), you are supporting scientists who are working to find the causes, treatments and cures for age-related diseases and conditions. Please remember AFAR in your holiday giving.

2013 AFAR Grant Applications

Deadlines are approaching for many 2013 AFAR grant cycles. Find information about eligibility and application procedures here.

Pain Management Symposium

AFAR convened leading experts for a symposium on October 16 at the Cornell Club-NY. The event, “Pain Management: Innovation, Information and Translation,” included panel discussions on the latest research in pain management.  A summary of the meeting and discussion is available here. The event was supported by an educational grant from TEVA Pharmaceuticals.

Irving Wright Award Given to Jan Vijg

On November 16, Jan Vijg, PhD, presented his Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction lecture, “Genome Dynamics in Aging,” at the 2012 Gerontological Society of America’s 65th Annual Scientific meeting in San Diego, CA. Dr. Vijg and AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman display his award.
Photo courtesy of The Gerontological Society of America.

Collaboration to Support Research on Aging and Arthritis

AFAR is partnering with the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF) to fund research investigating the underlying mechanisms of the aging process as it relates to arthritis. The grant, co-sponsored by AFAR and ANRF, will provide up to $100,000 to a new investigator studying arthritis and aging research.

Grantees in the News

Eric Coleman, MD, MPH, a 2001 Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research recipient, was named a 2012 MacArthur Fellow in October.
Randall Bateman, MD, a 2007 Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research recipient, and the 2012 MetLife Foundation Promising Investigator Awardee, was also featured in a recent New York Times article on the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN), an international study of volunteers who have a rare form of inherited Alzheimer’s disease.
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