GRANTS UPDATE
 
 
 
Meet the 2015 Biology of Aging Grantees
AFAR's Biology of Aging grant programs are at the heart of our mission. Selected through a rigorous review process by our expert committees, we are proud to announce our 2015 awardees in our AFAR Research Grants for Junior Faculty, New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease, Julie Martin Mid-career Awards in Aging Research, Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology (BIG) Award, Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Glenn/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging, and Glenn/AFAR Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging programs.
View the full list of this year’s grant recipients and read their research summaries here.
Learn more about what inspires our grantees through Grantee Spotlight Interviews here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Summit to explore Disease Drivers of Aging
 
In partnership with the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), The NIH Geroscience Interest Group, and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), AFAR is pleased to sponsor, Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit from April 13-14, 2016 at the New York Academy of Sciences.
 
The summit follows up on the Geroscience conference organized by the Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group in 2013 and will explore the complex relationship between chronic diseases--specifically HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer--and age-associated decline. Several AFAR experts are speaking.
To register or to find more information on the call for abstracts, fellowships and grants available, and sponsorship information, click here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AFAR brings together West Coast
Scientific and Philanthropic leaders
On November 3, 2015, AFAR organized a roundtable discussion, “Effective Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research” in Marina del Rey, California. Supported by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation, the day-long program brought together philanthropic leadership, policy makers, and scientific and medical experts in Alzheimer’s disease and aging research. Read more here.
 
 
 
 
 
DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
 
Donor Spotlight
 
The generosity and commitment of individual, corporate, and foundation donors fuels AFAR’s mission. As we enter a new year, we are proud to spotlight the individuals whose gifts are helping advance our work.
Meet Dwight Edwards, an Information Systems Architect at Bloomberg LP. Through Bloomberg’s philanthropic program, Dwight has helped to support the the MSTAR scholarship program.
 
Read about how AFAR inspires his giving in this Donor Spotlight interview here.
 
 
 
AFAR co-hosts Planned Giving event
 
On November 12, AFAR co-hosted with Peapack-Gladstone Bank an educational talk, “Health, Wealth, & Wise (Decisions)” at the PGB headquarters in New Jersey. Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD, presented “The Age of Aging Better: Advances in Aging Research,” followed by a presentation on “Family Friendly Charitable Planning” by Trust and Estate Attorney and PGB Advisory Board Member, Anita J. Siegel ESQ.
AFAR is grateful to John P. Babcock, Senior Executive Vice President of Peapack-Gladstone Bank and President of Private Wealth Management, for organizing this event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
2015 has been a remarkable--if not challenging--year for the field of biomedical research on aging. The quality and quantity of scientists working to understand the biology of aging is at record numbers. But private sector support, which has helped advance the work of thousands of AFAR-supported investigators, is shifting.
 
More than ever, generous gifts from individuals like you are crucial to helping AFAR maintain the pipeline of talented researchers doing game-changing work.
 
Please consider contributing to AFAR’s year-end campaign and help strengthen the foundation of biomedical research that will help us all live healthier, longer.
 
If you've already given, thank you! If you’d like to donate, please click here.
 
 
 
COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE
 
 
AFAR experts star in NatGeo Special
Narrated and directed by Ron Howard, the National Geographic Channel special, BREAKTHROUGH: The Age of Aging, gained unparalleled visibility for the field of aging research. AFAR is proud to have helped shape the content and have several of our leaders featured, including Scientifc Director Steven N. Austad, PhD, Deputy Scientific Director Nir Barzilai, MD; board members S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, and James Kirkland, MD, PhD, as well as Executive Director Stephanie Lederman.
 
The program led to a 233% spike in traffic to www.afar.org the next day and has since generated dozens of print, radio, and television articles worldwide . For media highlights, as well as an FAQ on the TAME trial, click here.
 
View the entire episode online here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AFAR experts lead Science special issue
 
Nine AFAR-affiliated experts-- Scientific Director, Steven N. Austad, PhD; two-time grantee