“AFAR is a pillar of credibility, influence, and support of rigorous science in Aging Research. They bring together all the leaders in the field and play a huge role in cultivating the future leaders through their advocacy and involvement in the field. As a young investigator, still in the early, critical stages of his career, receiving a Junior Faculty Award from AFAR is a tremendous honor and boost to my research.”
-- Derek Huffman, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2015 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty 
2015 Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows, Drs. Lynda Wilmott (left) and Reyhan Westbrook, at the 2016 poster session.
From June 5 through 8, AFAR convened its annual series of scientific meetings in Santa Barbara, California. Nearly 100 attendees--including recipients of AFAR’s Biology of Aging grant programs, senior leaders the field, as well as representatives from foundations--gathered to discuss AFAR-supported research and share insights on emerging directions in the field.
At these annual meetings, it is inspiring to watch so many talented minds gathered together to explore the needs and innovations in the field of aging research and create opportunities for new collaborations.
We are grateful to the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation for their collaboration in organizing these meetings and supporting these important programs.
Just as AFAR supports these investigators,
your support helps AFAR sustain the pipeline
of researchers dedicated to aging research, today and tomorrow.
At the conclusion of the conference, our review committees--comprised of the country's leading scientists selected for both their expertise and their broad knowledge of the aging field--met to select the 2016 AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty and the Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award  recipients.
This year, AFAR received over 400 letters of intent for our Biology of Aging grants--representing an 11.4% increase over 2015. We look forward to announcing this year’s Biology of Aging grant recipients later this summer, and thank the commitee members for their time and care.
By supporting careers, populating the field, and cultivating leaders, AFAR believes that our grantees are making headways in basic and translational research that will make this the age of aging better.
That’s why for 35 years, AFAR has built a pipeline of over 3200 scientists and physicians dedicated to research that will help us all live healthier as we age.
Together, let's make this the age of aging better.
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