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Newsletter | Summer 2018

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2017 Annual Report
We are pleased to share our 2017 Annual Report, titled “Incredible,” after the recent PBS special that AFAR helped shape. The report spotlights research on aging, Cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Geroscience, featuring former grantees Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D., Catherine Kaczorowski, Ph.D., and Felipe Sierra, Ph.D.
The report also shares updates on the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) Trial and our 2017 grants and programs. Download the report here.

Next Avenue Column
In AFAR's latest column for the PBS website, Next Avenue, Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, Ph.D. discusses what canine longevity can teach us about human healthspan. The column spotlights The Dog Aging Project led by AFAR grantees Matt Kaeberlein, Ph.D., and Daniel Promislow, Ph.D., at the University of Washington Medicine Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Aging. Read the column here.

Recent Meetings

Santa Barbara Meetings
From June 3–6 in Santa Barbara, AFAR hosted its annual scientific meetings, featuring the meeting of the New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer’s Disease program, the joint AFAR/Glenn Foundation for Medical Research conference, and the Glenn Foundation workshop. Over 100 attendees convened to hear reports on AFAR-supported research and share insights on emerging directions in the field through presentations and poster sessions. AFAR thanks The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research for their support of these meetings.
Read a summary of the meetings here.

Coming Soon

AFAR Scholarship Applications: due July 9
Applications for the 2018 AFAR Scholarships in the Biology of Aging are due July 9 at 5 p.m. EDT. The program is designed to give students enrolled in M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or combined-degree programs the opportunity to conduct a three-to-six-month research project focused on biomedical research in aging. Learn more here.

Reframing Aging Webinar: July 9
With seven other leading organizations in aging, AFAR helped sponsor the Reframing Aging Initiative to shape communications and language on aging. In a free webinar on Monday, July 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. PST, the City and County of San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services will share their model for planning, sustaining, and evaluating messaging using these tools. Register here.

RCCN Website: Late July
A new website for the Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) of the NIA will launch later next month. Co-managed by AFAR and Wake Forest School of Medicine, the RCCN will support dissemination efforts from the NIA's six center programs and will include center-related resources, funding and meetings opportunities, webinars, as well as a searchable database.Visit www.rccn-aging.org soon.

Pearson Fellowship Applications: due August 1
Applications for the Fall 2018 Clarence Pearson Fellowship in Global Health and Aging are due August 1. This season, the fellowship will focus on communications and messaging strategies on aging, research, and health. The selected graduate student will be placed in Manhattan or Philadelphia. Learn more here.

Coming This Fall

AFAR Awards Dinner: November 6
Join us on November 6th at The Lotte New York Palace for AFAR’s annual Awards Dinner and Symposium.
We will honor visionary entrepreneur Jim Mellon, Chairman - Juvenescence Limited, and recognize scientists David Sinclair, Ph.D. and Laura Niedernhofer, M.D., Ph.D. The event kicks off with an exclusive symposium on innovations in aging research. Proceeds from the event support AFAR grant programs.
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available here.
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