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AFAR organizes 2017 Beeson Meetings in New Mexico and Ireland

Dec 12

AFAR organizes 2017 Beeson Meetings in New Mexico and Ireland View MoreBACK

Recently, AFAR organized two meetings of the Beeson program in the U.S. and abroad.

From November 15-18, AFAR hosted the Annual Meeting of the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) Program. Over 100 current and former Beeson Scholars, mentors, and foundation supporters gathered in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico to discuss research progress, share research findings, and strengthen scholarship and leadership.

The meeting began with a compelling Keynote Address by Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH, Director, Aging Brain Center, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife, and recipient of the 1989 AFAR Research Grant for Junior Faculty, entitled, “Delirium in Older Persons: My Investigative Journey.” Over the next two days, the meeting featured engrossing presentations by graduating Scholars. Current and alumni Scholars also shared their research through a poster session and Data Blitz presentations. In addition, there were informational sessions and panels held on funding and research team management.

Following this, on November 28 and 29, a Beeson and CARDI Fellows International Scientific Meeting was held in Ireland. The meeting opened with a Keynote Address from Ian Robertson, Founding Director, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, entitled, “Inside the Innovators Brain.” The second day began with a Keynote Address from Chris Callahan, MD, Director, Indiana University Center for Aging Research. A specific feature of the meeting was the Innovation Fund, using a “Dragon’s Den” or “Shark Tank” approach, where Beeson Scholars and CARDI Fellows were invited to bid for 2 awards of $45,000 each. Five teams of researchers competed for the funding that would allow a research area to be explored/developed e.g. potentially scaled up for a research grant submission. The two winning teams are:

Team: Dr Claire McEvoy, Joanne Feeney and Joanna McHugh Power;
Project title: Alcohol consumption and brain health in older adults across the island of Ireland

Team: Charlotte Neville and Claire McEvoy
Project title: Food biomarkers in older adults – a metabolomics study

Beyond scientific exchange, these meetings foster a sense of community that supports the Scholars’ career development.

The Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

To learn more about the range of research this program supports, read the 2017 Beeson Report featuring the 2015 Beeson Scholars here.

Scholars participate in speed networking with fellow attendees at the 2017 Beeson Scholars Meeting in New Mexico.

A CARDI Fellow shares findings during a poster session at the 2017 Beeson Scholars and CARDI Fellows Meeting in Ireland.