Grantee in News


Terrence Town, PhD, an AFAR Julie Martin Midcareer Award recipient (2011), received national media attention for his discovery of a novel rat model of Alzheimer's disease. Read more about Dr. Town's discovery, and the work of other AFAR grantees, here.


AFAR Hosts Symposium on Optimal Protein Intake

On April 5, AFAR convened a meeting of academics, clinicians, and representatives from government and industry in New York City for a symposium on optimal protein intake for older adults. Read more about this important cross-sector discussion  here

Alzheimer's Disease Webinar Still Open


Registration is still open for the AFAR webinar, "Alzheimer's Disease: Hope for the Future, " on June 17 at 3 pm EST.  Jason Karlawish, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and AFAR Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, MD, will discuss the latest developments in Alzheimer's research. Email Ashby Andrews to RSVP.


Gift from Diamond Fund Will Create New Program to Support Postdoctoral Fellows

A generous grant from the Irene Diamond Fund will enable the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) to create the Irene Diamond Fund/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Translational Research on Aging. The program will launch in 2015. Read more about the gift here.

AFAR Awards First Arthritis-Aging Collaborative Research Grant

AFAR and the Arthritis National Research Foundation have collaborated to jointly award a $100,000 research grant to Mara McAdams DeMarco, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Dr. DeMarco will study gout, a form of arthritis, in older adults. Read more about the grant here.

AFAR will be announcing the names and projects of all our 2013 grantees in the coming months.

Annual Dinner Honors Leaders, Supports Grants


On April 15, AFAR supporters, grantees, board members, and guests gathered at a private club in New York City for a celebration of the winners of AFAR's 2012 honorary awards. The Awards Dinner was rescheduled from October 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy. The day also included a panel discussion, "Innovation and the Future of Healthy Aging," co-organized by AFAR and the Global Coalition on Aging. Read more about the day's success here .


Dr. Besdine Dispels Myths about Palliative Care


In an April 19 blog on the Huffington Post, AFAR Medical Officer Richard W. Besdine, MD , explores common misconceptions about palliative care. Although the field of palliative care is growing rapidly, Dr. Besdine points out that many people remain misinformed about palliative care. Read more about the care and study of pain relief here.



Like many chronic conditions, depression can be influenced by the aging process. In older adults, depression is not always characterized by a depressed mood. Other signs—like loss of appetite, insomnia, and sleep disturbances—can be important in spotting depression in older adults.

The Depression Center is one of several Infoaging topic centers updated so far in 2013 with the help of leading scholars.


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