We are pleased to fund a wide variety of ground-breaking research on the biology of aging that will help us understand the etiology of many of the diseases of aging. Our programs also support the training of medical students in geriatric medicine and support physician-scientists who devote their careers to advancing scientific knowledge and strategies for prevention and management of age-related diseases and disabilities.

This diversified grants portfolio supporting basic research, while also addressing growing public health needs, makes AFAR unique. Our programs encourage innovative research that make an impact; translating into advances that may offer potential therapies to delay, prevent, and treat common and debilitating diseases of aging.

We wish to thank our esteemed review committees for helping us identify the best science. The AFAR National Scientific Advisory Council, consisting of more than 300 of the nation's leading researchers in aging and age-related fields, volunteer their time to carefully consider each proposal's scientific merit. Members of this panel make their recommendations to the AFAR Research Committee, chaired by Roger McCarter, PhD, professor of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University - which renders the final selections. We wish to acknowledge Roger as well as Steve Austad, PhD, professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, who leads the review of AFAR's postdoctoral grants program. We also wish to extend our gratitude to Edward Koo, MD, professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, who chairs our Beeson Career Development Award Program Advisory Committee and Anita Woods, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, who chairs the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program National Selection Committee.

We invite you to join us in our efforts to help us all live healthier longer.


Keystone Symposia (www.keystonesymposia.org) has a number of exciting upcoming conferences featuring top research in the field of aging:

"Alzheimer's Disease Beyond Abeta" will be held at the Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado, January 10-15, 2010.
Read more about the program here.

"New Insights into Healthspan and Diseases of Aging: From Molecular to Functional Senescence" will include featured speakers Dr. David Sinclair and Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo, both 2000 AFAR Research Grant recipients, and AFAR Scientific Director Dr. George Martin. This conference will take place in Tahoe City, California at the Granlibakken Resort January 31-Feburary 5, 2010. Click here to download the conference flyer or view the full program here.

Eight Scientists Named Beeson Scholars Will Receive More Than $6 Million to Support Careers on Age-Related Diseases and Clinical Care

National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke Join Prestigious Partnership; The John A. Hartford Foundation Renews their Commitment to Longstanding Program

We are pleased to announce the 2009 recipients of the Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program. This new cohort brings the total to 157 scholars who have been selected for this highly competitive and prestigious award, which seeks to create a cadre of clinically trained faculty who are committed to academic careers in aging research, teaching, and practice.

Since the program's inception in 1995, Beeson Scholars have received more than $86 million in research grant support and have made their mark with innovative research--from the effects of depression in elderly health outcomes, to the connection between a certain type of cataract and Alzheimer's disease, to the development of new animal models to study the genetic basis of aging, to improving end-of-life care for under-served aging populations.

The Beeson program has become a model of cooperation between foundations and government entities. To that end, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced that they would join as program partners beginning in 2010. The John A. Hartford Foundation has renewed its support through 2012.

Learn more about the 2009 Beeson Scholars.

The Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program is sponsored by the NIA, The Atlantic Philanthropies, The John A. Hartford Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, The Starr Foundation and an anonymous donor, and is administered by the NIA and AFAR. The program is named in honor of the late Paul B. Beeson, MD, who was professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Washington, and whose vision was to increase the number of physicians with a combined clinical, academic, and scientific expertise to care for a growing older population. Visit www.beeson.org.

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Upcoming Events
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and AFAR Award...
The Ellison Medical Foundation and AFAR Award More than $1 Million...
Eight Scientists Named Beeson Scholars Will Receive More Than $6 Million...
$900,000 Awarded to Irish Scientists...
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and AFAR Award Grants to Scientists Studying the Earliest Brain Changes that Could Lead to Alzheimer's Disease

Five scientists were awarded The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease. The $75,000 awards provide a broad array of funding in the biological, genetic, and environmental causes of AD. By studying the early changes suggesting Alzheimer's disease from different but complementary angles, the awards seek to accelerate development of diagnostic, preventative interventions, and treatments. The program, now in its third year, has provided more than $1 million to 16 scientists in the U.S. and Israel.

The Ellison Medical Foundation and AFAR Award More than $1 Million to Mid-Career Scientists Studying Biology of Aging Processes

Charleen T. Chu, MD, PhD, associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh and David M. Sabatini, MD, PhD, associate professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the 2009 Julie Martin Mid-Career Awards in Aging Research. Read more about their research here. Sponsored by The Ellison Medical Foundation, the grants provide funding of $550,000 to mid-career scientists whose research has great potential in advancing understanding of basic aging and its impact on age-related diseases. Through a partnership with the American Federation for Aging Research established in 2005, The Ellison Medical Foundation has disbursed $4.4 million to eight researchers to date.

$900,000 Awarded to Irish Scientists Studying the Role of Aging Processes on Nerve Function and Inflammatory Disease

The American Federation for Aging Research, The Atlantic Philanthropies and The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) awarded two researchers the Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research for the Island of Ireland. This grant program advances the work of leading early-career physician-scientists throughout the Island of Ireland, cultivating lifetime careers in aging-related science and medicine.

Chie Wei Fan, MB, MRCPI, MD, Clinical Director of Technology Research for Independent Living Clinic and Senior Research Fellow, St. James' Hospital, and Ronan Mullan, MB ChB, BSc, PhD, Specialist Registrar in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine, University College Dublin, are the recipients of the Beeson Award in Ireland, which was first launched in 2007. They will each receive a grant of $450,000 to fund their research over a three-year period. Dr. Fan's research, Age-related Autonomic Dysfunction and its Impact on Cognition, Gait and Falls, will investigate how age affects the autonomic nervous system, and its influence on the cognitive and motor skills of older adults. Dr. Mullan's Research, Acute Phase Serum Amyloid-A (A-SAA) in Ageing, Arthritis and Obesity- Potential Common Mechanism for Cardiovascular Disease, will seek to understand the role A-SAA--a plasma protein that is associated with many inflammatory diseases--plays in rheumatoid arthritis, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in an aging population.

Read more here.

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