AFAR and the John A. Hartford Foundation Fund 28 Centers of Excellence
This year, AFAR will distribute nearly $2.5 million in career development awards to 83 advanced Fellows and junior faculty members at 28 Hartford Centers of Excellence (CoE) in Geriatric Medicine and Training. The CoE program is administered by AFAR and funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, a committed champion of improving health care for older adults. The program addresses the severe shortage of doctors trained in geriatric medicine, a crisis heightened by the rapidly aging population. Since 2010, the CoE program has granted more than $7.5 million. It has had a huge impact on increasing the number of current and future academic geriatricians, as well as specialty and subspecialty physicians with an interest in the geriatrics-related aspects of their discipline.
   
Upcoming Meetings
On June 3 to 5, the 25th annual AFAR Grantee Conference will be held in Santa Barbara, California. The conference will give grantees the opportunity to share their research and to meet new colleagues. The 3rd annual 2012 Paul F. Glenn Symposium on the Biology of Aging, June 4-6, will focus on translational research in the science of aging.

The 17th annual Paul B. Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research Program Meeting will be held from September 19 to 22 in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will deliver the keynote address.
    
   
Health Promotions Institute Expands Activities
The Health Promotion Institute (HPI), a collaboration between AFAR and AARP aims to bring groundbreaking discoveries of aging researchers to the general public.  HPI moved forward with that goal through several recent activities.

On September 13, 2011, HPI organized a second meeting between academic and PepsiCo R&D Nutrition scientists to discuss the optimal nutritional needs of older adults. The discussion covered topics ranging from protein to obesity to food access. A paper detailing the conclusions of the meeting is forthcoming.

Leaders in journalism, academia, industry, and government gathered January 17 at the AARP national headquarters in Washington, DC, for an HPI roundtable discussion on how to best communicate information about health and aging to older adults. Sharon Begley, Senior U.S. Health & Science Correspondent at Reuters, moderated the discussion. Lawrence W. Green, PhD, an adjunct professor at University of California, San Francisco’s Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Marvin Waldman, creative director and writer at the Shadow Group, LLC, served as panelists. An audio recording of the event is available from info@afar.org.

On March 6, HPI sent out the third issue of its newsletter, Making Sense of Science. The newsletter is aimed at leaders in the science, policy, and study of aging, and strives to make the most current and vital information about the science of aging available to this influential segment of the population.
    
   
 AFAR  Held Seminar on Stroke Prevention on April 5th
Recent stroke prevention techniques represent the possibility of revolutionizing stroke prevention and treatment, particularly for older adults with atrial fibrillation (AF). With the risk of stroke doubling for each decade past 50, this could have far-reaching consequences for geriatric care.  AFAR, with an educational grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, brought together experts to discuss this important topic on April 5. The meeting was organized by AFAR medical officer Richard W. Besdine, Brown University, and Daniel Singer, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.
    
   
Centers of Excellence
Industry Partnership Meetings
Media Briefing on Pain
Honorary Awards
Upcoming Meetings
 
   
2012 Cristofalo and Wright Awards Announced
Anne Brunet, PhD, associate professor of Genetics, Stanford University, is the 2012 recipient of the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research. The Cristofalo award, named for an AFAR Founding Board Member and past President, recognizes outstanding researchers in the early stages of their careers who have made major discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging and whose work is deemed likely to be highly influential for decades to come. The award will be presented to Dr. Brunet, a 2005 Pfizer/AFAR awardee, at the American Aging Association annual meeting in June.

Jan Vijg, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Genetics and professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has received the 2012 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction. The award, named in honor of AFAR’s founder, recognizes exceptional contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of aging by a member of the scientific community. It will be presented to Dr. Vijg at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in November.
    
   
AFAR Collaborates with sanofi-aventis to Hold Meeting on Geriatric Oncology
On October 31, 2011, AFAR and sanofi-aventis hosted a meeting at which top geriatric oncologists shared their knowledge and considered opportunities for novel therapeutic strategies in older adults with cancer. AFAR Board member Harvey Cohen, MD, Division Chief of Geriatrics and director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University; and Ned Sharpless, MD, professor of Medicine & Genetics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, organized the meeting, which addressed the cellular biology of geriatric cancer, the consideration of frailty when treating older cancer patients, and integrated therapeutic approaches to treating cancer.
    
   
The Latest in Pain Management: AFAR Media Briefing
On February 14, AFAR and the Mayday Fund held a media briefing on pain management for older adults. The expert speakers, Kathleen M. Foley, MD; Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD; and Cary Reid, MD, PhD, discussed the latest techniques  in pain management, ranging from non-invasive, electromagnetic stimulation of the brain to tai chi. They also presented an overview of some of the public health issues currently central to geriatric pain management, including the shingles vaccine and the recent Institute of Medicine report, Managing Pain in America. Copies of their slides are available from Ashby Andrews at ashby@afar.org.
    

    

         

 
   
 
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