While the business of AFAR continues at a brisk pace, we must take a moment to acknowledge a loyal friend and strong supporter of AFAR: Dr. Mark Beers, our esteemed past president and long time board member, who passed away on February 28, 2009. Mark was a tireless advocate for the support of aging research and junior investigators entering the field. He was instrumental in the creation of the Merck/AFAR Geriatric Pharmacology program, which provided two year fellowships for those with an interest in geriatric medicine and the role of clinical pharmacology as it related to the care of the aged.

Mark served as a dedicated member of the AFAR board of directors since 1997, providing leadership as a member of the executive committee from 1998-2006 and as president from 2005 - 2006. Most recently he served as chair of the AFAR Florida Affiliate chapter, established in Miami, Florida in 2008, where his leadership role was invaluable to AFAR Florida's success.

His hard work and unselfish devotion of time and energy helped establish the credibility of the study of aging and the work of AFAR and is a tribute to him and to his career in the field of geriatrics research, training, and clinical practice.
Please join AFAR on October 5, 2009, as we celebrate advances in the field of aging research and honor those that have made significant contributions. Honorees include: Robert N. Butler, MD, president and CEO of the International Longevity Center and Pulitzer Prize winning author; John C. Erickson, chairman and founder, Erickson Retirement Communities; Fredric B. Garonzik, AFAR emeritus director, and former partner at Goldman Sachs & Co. (posthumous recognition); Husseini Manji, MD, global head, neuroscience, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development; and John C. Whitehead, WW II hero, former partner at Goldman Sachs & Co., and former deputy secretary of state.

Also recognized will be this year's recipients of the Irving S. Wright Award: Woodring E. Wright, MD, PhD (no relation), of the UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star in Aging Research Award: Brian K. Kennedy, PhD, of the University of Washington.

To reserve a space, please visit www.afar.org/09dinner.html.

For more information, please contact Nancy O'Leary at 212-703-9977 or Nancy@afar.org.

  • Recipients of the 2009 AFAR Grant Programs have been selected and will be announced in a special grants issue of the AFAR e-newsletter this summer. 2010 grant programs and eligibility information will also be announced in the summer 2009. To learn more about AFAR grant programs, please visit the AFAR web site at www.afar.org/grants.html or contact the AFAR grants department at 212-703-9977.
  • Beginning in 2010, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will join as a partner to the Paul Beeson Career Development Awards in Aging Research program and The John A. Hartford Foundation has renewed its support through 2012.

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AFAR Florida
Since 1994, the MSTAR Program has offered medical students from around the nation an in-depth preview of the exciting and rewarding possibilities of a career in geriatric medicine and research. Each year, with mentoring from top experts in the field, some 120 of these future physicians enjoy a dynamic research and academic immersion working with leaders at some of the nation's leading medical schools. Following is the experience of one such student:
In 2008, AFAR celebrated the official launch of its new Florida Affiliate, established to bring regional support for aging research through grants to Florida scientists and educational opportunities for the general public. This year marked the creation of a board of directors comprised of key leaders in research and the lay community and the first named grant, AvMed Health Plans AFAR Research Grant. As part of the ongoing project to cultivate an environment of exchange, AFAR Florida has hosted a lecture series for Florida residents, in Miami, Tampa, and Ft. Lauderdale featuring AFAR grantees as speakers on various topics related to aging and health. Speakers included: David Wilson, PhD, Bruce Troen, MD, and Deborah Mash, PhD, all from the University of Miami; David Morgan, PhD, and Chad Dickey, PhD, both from the University of South Florida. Major supporters of AFAR Florida include AvMed Health Plans, the Greenburg-May Foundation, Inc., and an in-kind donation from the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged. For more information about AFAR Florida's grant opportunities and events, please visit the new website at www.afarFL.org.
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