AFAR Awards
AFAR Awards

Each year, AFAR honors leaders in science, business, and philanthropy for their contributions to the field of aging. Learn about these prestigious awards and past distinguished recipients.

AFAR Awards of Distinction


Each year at our awards dinner, AFAR honors leaders in science, business, and philanthropy for their contributions to the field of aging.

To date, AFAR has given more than 30 of our awards of distinction in up to six categories: the Honorary Leadership Award, the George E. and Mary J. Doty Award, Chairman’s Award, the Fred D. Thompson Award, the AFAR Award, and the Icon of Aging Award.


Honorary Leadership Award

These awards recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations whose work has impacted the field of aging research and improved public health. 
 

Nathaniel “Ned” David (Co-Founder and President - Unity Biotechnology) accepts AFAR's Honorary Leadership Award from Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD


Chairman's Award

This award is named in honor of AFAR's previous chairs and is presented to lay individuals or members of the corporate or foundation community who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the field of aging research through their activities and support of those involved in the field.
 

Edward Lanphier (Founder - Sangamo Therapeutics, Inc.) accepts AFAR's Chairman's Award from Scientific Director Steven N. Austad, PhD


George E. and Marie J. Doty Award

Named in tribute to two extraordinary people, this award recognizes lay visionaries who through their generosity and compassion have laid the foundation and advanced the mission of AFAR, helping to populate the field with more scientists focused on aging research and clinicians trained in geriatric care. Their contributions will have an impact for years to come.

Founding Board Member George Doty poses with 2009 George E. and Marie J. Doty Award recipient, John C. Whitehead


Fred D. Thompson Award

This award is named in honor of the founding chairman of AFAR's board of directors and presented to lay individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to furthering medical research.  Their unwavering support of science and scientists has helped advance the field of aging research and serves as a model for public engagement.

2006 Fred D. Thompson Award recipient, Norman Volk, poses with Chair, Emerita Diana Jacobs Kalman


AFAR Award

This award is presented to lay individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of aging research.

2010 AFAR Award recipient, Clarence Pearson poses with Executive Director, Stephanie Lederman


Icon of Aging Award

This award is presented to individuals across the private and community sectors whose personal and professional contributions embody growing older with vitality.


To view a list of the many distinguished recipients of AFAR Awards of Distinction, click here or commemorative download a PDF version here.


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