2012 MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research Winners Honored

MetLife Foundation and AFAR have announced the 2012 recipients of the MetLife Foundation Awards for Medical Research in Alzheimer’s Disease: Clifford R. Jack, Jr., MD, professor of Radiology and the Alexander Family Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research at Mayo Clinic; and Christine Van Broeckhoven, PhD, DSc, professor and department director of the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Antwerp. Randall J. Bateman, MD, associate professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, received the Foundation’s Promising Investigators Award.

“We have selected these individuals because of their novel approaches to Alzheimer’s disease, which have paved the way for additional discoveries,” said Donald L. Price, MD, chair of the awards’ advisory committee.

(left to right):Drs. Van Broeckhoven, Bateman, and Jack

Now in their 26th year, the MetLife Foundation Awards—managed by AFAR in 2012—recognize scientific achievements in research and the potential for future findings in Alzheimer's disease. The program has awarded $12.5 million to date. Dr. Jack and Dr. Van Broeckhoven will each receive $200,000 research grants for their institutions, plus personal awards of $50,000. Dr. Bateman will receive a $100,000 grant for his institution. The award recipients were honored at a ceremony and reception on May 15 in New York City, featuring best-selling author and journalist Gail Sheehy as keynote speaker.

(left to right): AFAR Executive Director, Stephanie Lederman, Gail Sheehy, and CEO and President of MetLife Foundation, A. Dennis White.

AFAR’s Annual Dinner
Mark your calendars: AFAR’s 2012 Annual Dinner will take place on October 29 in New York City. This year’s honorees will include Brian Daniels, MD, senior vice president of Global Development and Medical Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb; and Michael Hodin, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and executive director of the Global Coalition on Aging. The dinner will also include a tribute to the late George and Marie Doty. Contact Nancy O’Leary (nancy@afar.org) for more information about the dinner.
New Initiative with the Alliance for Aging Research

AFAR is working with the Alliance for Aging Research on an important new initiative. The Healthspan Campaign aims to slow aging and disease by advocating for research into the basic biology of aging.  

The Alliance will use various media outreach methods to help spread the word about the Healthspan Campaign. They will also reach out to policymakers directly by making a coordinated effort to accelerate the pace of aging research across the National Institutes of Health, establishing a scientific advisory council to communicate with policymakers and the media, and organizing an annual Aging Research Day. The Alliance has already secured endorsements for the Campaign from several prominent scientific and medical experts in the U.S. and other countries.
2012 MetLife Foundation Awards
New Grant Programs
Save the Date: AFAR's Annual Dinner
Healthspan Campaign
Dr. Besdine's Blog
Health Promotion Institute Newsletter
New Grant Programs for AFAR

Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging
With the vital support of a donation from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, AFAR is launching a new grant program, the Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging. The program will provide $5,000 scholarships to graduate students conducting research in the biology of aging and age-related diseases and disorders. AFAR took over administration of the Student Fellowships in the Biology of Aging following our merger with the American Foundation for Aging Research (North Carolina), which ran the program for 32 years.

Collaborative Research Awards Program in Alzheimer's Disease
AFAR is pleased to announce a new grant program that will support collaboration among scientists from different scientific disciplines  to help tackle some of the most vexing questions about Alzheimer’s disease. Known as The Collaborative Research Awards Program in Alzheimer’s Disease, the new initiative is supported by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. The program will fund collaborative basic and translational research between alumni grantees of the New Investigators in Alzheimer’s Disease program.

Dr. Besdine’s Blog
AFAR Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, MD, is publishing a series of blog posts about healthy aging in the Huffington Post. Dr. Besdine covers important—and often  underpublicized—topics related to aging in a conversational and approachable way, mixing humor and vivid anecdotes with the most current research in geriatrics. Dr. Besdine has discussed medication safety, chronic pain, late-life depression, and more. The blog has already generated lively discussion.  To read the blog and become a follower, click here.
Health Promotion Institute Newsletter
The Health Promotion Institute, a collaborative effort between AFAR and AARP, has released the latest issue of its newsletter, Health Promotion and Aging: Making Sense of the Science. The newsletter is directed to “Thought Leaders” to keep them abreast of new research. This issue focuses on how age, genetics, environment, and disease can affect memory. It covers the various types of memory problems in older adults, including amnestic mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.
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