Newsletter  |  Early Spring 2018



Announcing the 2017 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research 

AFAR and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowships in Aging Research:

Mohammad Parvez Alam, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
- Lear Brace, Ph.D., Buck Institute for Research on Aging

- Leah Cuddy, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Neil Dani, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Mladen Jergovic, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Min-Dian Li, Ph.D., Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
- James Markworth, Ph.D., University of Michigan
- Aya Namba, M.D., University of Michigan
Nathalie Saurat, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Huiliang Zhang, Ph.D., University of Washington

Managed by AFAR, this program was developed to address the current concerns about an adequate funding base for postdoctoral fellows who specifically direct their research towards basic aging mechanisms and/or translational findings that have direct benefits to human aging. Postdoctoral fellows at all levels of training are eligible for this one-year fellowships of $60,000.

Learn more about their research here.


Announcing the 2017 Diamond/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging

AFAR and The Irene Diamond Fund are pleased to report the recipients of the 2017 Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Transition Awards in Aging:

Sebastian Brandhorst, Dr. rer. nat., University of Southern California
Christina Camell, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine
Yejing Ge, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University
- Geraldine Gontier, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
Rizwan Qaisar, Ph.D., Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Payel Sen, Ph.D., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Ming Xu, Ph.D.
, Mayo Clinic

Managed by AFAR, the program supports the development of type1 translational aging research, which focuses on basic aging discoveries that have a clearly articulated pathway towards clinical relevance to the health and well-being of older adults.This award provides up to seven, two-year fellowships of $120,000. It is meant to provide portable and flexible transitional funding for senior postdoctoral fellows as they develop and negotiate for junior faculty appointments and independent research

Learn more about their research here.

Welcome New Board Member, Ned David

Nathaniel “Ned” David, Ph.D., a biochemist and biotech entrepreneur who co-founded UNITY Biotechnology and four other visionary biotech companies, has joined the AFAR Board of Directors. AFAR recently honored David with our 2017 Honorary Leadership Award at a luncheon in San Francisco, where he spoke passionately about AFAR’s impact on the field at large and the careers of investigators like UNITY co-founder and AFAR grantee Judy Campisi, Ph.D. Watch his speech here.

Watch AFAR Experts in PBS special, Incredible Aging

Several AFAR experts are featured in the PBS documentary, Incredible Aging: Adding Life to Your Years, hosted by Meredith Vieira and premiering nationwide in March. AFAR Scientific Director Steven Austad, Ph.D. also provided scientific consultation on the script. Learn more and watch a preview clip here. To watch the entire special, check your local listings here.
PBS Special

Read our Grantee Spotlight Interviews

AFAR’s grant programs in the biology of aging are central to our mission to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. In our Grantee Spotlight Interviews, the 2017 Biology of Aging grantees share what inspired them to enter the field of aging research and what impact they hope their research will make thanks to AFAR’s support. Read the interviews here.

Register for 2018 Nathan Shock Centers Summit

The 2018 Nathan Shock Centers Summit will be held June 27-28 in Philadelphia, PA, in conjunction with the American Aging Association's 47th Annual Meeting. The summit is titled Pathways to Translation of Geroscience. Topics will include: Translation of Interventions, How Healthy is the Healthspan Concept?, and Biomarkers Redux?. Dr. Eline Slagboom from the Leiden University Medical Center will be the keynote speaker. For more information and to register, click here.




As the Coordinating Center for the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Biology of Aging, AFAR has created the website This online research hub provides opportunities and resources for the aging research community, such as upcoming conferences and meetings, grant deadlines, job listings, and open-share resources that the six Nathan Shock Centers make available through their research cores.
AFAR receives Four-Star Charity Navigator Rating
For the fifth consecutive year, Charity Navigator has awarded AFAR its highest ranking. Charity Navigator is America's largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. AFAR received this 4-star rating based on our fiscal accountablity and transparency. Learn more here.