2015 Scientific Meetings
From June 1-3, nearly 100 AFAR grantees, senior leaders the field, and representatives from foundations convened in Santa Barbara, California for the New Investigators in Alzheimer's Disease Meeting, the 28th annual Grantee Conference, and the 6th annual Paul F. Glenn Workshop on the Biology of Aging. This year also celebrated the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research's 50th anniversary. For highlights from this event, click here.
2015 MetLife Foundation Awards
On July 20, the 2015 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research, which AFAR administers, were presented at a ceremony and research briefing held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in Washington D.C. in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. This year, MetLife Foundation gave a total of $400,000 to major awardees Randall Bateman, MD and Christian Haass, PhD for their outstanding contributions to the field. Learn more about their research and the event here.
2015 MSTAR Scholars
AFAR is pleased to announce this year's Medical Students Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) scholars. For insights from some of the 120 medical students who participated in the program this year, visit our Diary of an MSTAR Student collection here. This program is made possible with the generous support of the John A. Hartford Foundation, The National Institute on Aging, MetLife Foundation, the Jean & Louis Dreyfus Foundation, the Trustees of the John A. Hartford Foundation, and contributions from the Kathryn D. Wriston MSTAR Scholar Fund.
Meet Karen Wenderoff
AFAR welcomes Karen Wenderoff as our new Director of Development. Karen brings over twenty years of development experience at local and national nonprofit organizations and looks forward to meeting you at upcoming events.
The Gift of Healthy Aging
When you give to AFAR, you are supporting scientists
who are working to find the causes, treatments and cures for age-related conditions--helping us all live healthier, longer. Support AFAR's efforts by giving here.
10.27.15 | Awards Luncheon & Panel, Boston
On Tuesday, October 27, AFAR will host an awards luncheon and scientific panel, The Future of Alzheimer’s Disease: Translation and Therapeutics. We are proud to honor Dr. Roger Nitsch of Neurimmune and AFAR Scientific Director Emeritus Dr. George M. Martin. Moderated by Rudy Tanzi, PhD, the afternoon panel will feature Steven E. Arnold, MD; Roger Nitsch, MD; Dennis Selkoe, MD; Jeff Sevigny, MD; and Li-Huei Tsai, PhD. The event runs from 11 am to 3:30 pm, and admission is complimentary. Learn more about the featured panelists here, and RSVP at
SAVE THE DATE: 11.29.15
On Sunday, November 29 at 9pm EST, AFAR will be featured in the "Longevity "episode of National Geographic Channel’s new six-part Breakthrough series. Directed and narrated by Ron Howard, “The Age of Aging” episode will feature numerous AFAR affiliated experts, including Executive Director Stephanie Lederman. View the promo for the series here and follow AFARorg on Twitter and Facebook for updates.
Glenn Foundation in International Innovation
International Innovation Journal's July 2015 issue featured an interview with AFAR board member and President of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, Mark Collins. Collins shared insights on the Glenn Foundation's commitment to advancing aging research for five decades. Read the feature here.
Huffington Post Series
on Elder Abuse
In his regular Huffington Post column, AFAR Medical Officer Dr. Richard Besdine recently explored the alarming growth of elder abuse and the relationship between financial elder abuse and cognitive impairment. Read the two-part series here.
Aging & Information Design Videos
Over 70 leaders from tech, nonprofit, scientific, and design fields attended our panel on the power of information design to convey aging research held at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan campus last spring. The entire program, featuring a presentation by data journalist David McCandless and discussion with AFAR board member Mark Collins of the Glenn Foundation, can viewed in two videos here.
The staff and Board of Directors of AFAR mourn the loss of our colleagues, Joan E. Quinn , member of the Board of Directors since 1997, and Dr. John T. Watters, member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Ms. Quinn and Dr. Watters will be missed for their active interest and involvement in Board committees and regular participation in AFAR events. Their service to AFAR and support of our mission and programs were highly valued.