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AFAR Annual Awards Dinner honors Alan Alda and Howard Milstein and more

Nov 11

AFAR Annual Awards Dinner honors Alan Alda and Howard Milstein and more View MoreBACK

On November 7, 2019, AFAR supporters and scientists gathered for our Annual Awards Dinner and Symposium at Lotte New York Palace. 

Emmy Award-winning host and producer Meredith Vieira served as master of ceremonies.

AFAR presented the George E. and Marie J. Doty Award to geroscience philanthropist Howard P. Milstein, Founder and Chairman of the Milstein Medical Asian American Partnership (MMAAP) Foundation and Chairman, Milstein Program of Geriatrics. 

AFAR presented the Honorary Leadership Award to actor, author, and science advocate Alan Alda, founder of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Honorees Howard P. Milstein and Alan Alda with emcee Meredith Vieira.

We also recognized Pinchas Cohen, MD, with the Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction and Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD with the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research. 

Learn more about our honoreees in the dinner journal here.

A new Fox Wetle Award in Health Services and Aging Research also was announced.

AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman (left) and Board member and Past President Fox Wetle, PhD (right) celebrate a new named award in Dr. Wetle's honor.


Board member Ned David, PhD, of Unity Biotech, led a toast to AFAR grantees.

AFAR is grateful to the generous support of the dinner sponsors and guests.

Earlier in the day, leaders across the public health, pharmaceutical, research and communications sectors gathered for a symposium roundtable, Adult Vaccinations: Opportunities for Healthy Aging, Barriers to Engagement.

The program was presented in partnership with the Global Coalition on Aging and with the support of Pfizer, Inc; Merck, and Life Biosciences.

All photos: Nir Arieli Photography