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.

Honorary Scientific Awards of Distinction

AFAR presents two scientific awards annually to members of the aging research community whose outstanding work advances the field of aging research. The honorary scientific awards are named for visionary scientists whose leadership made AFAR and aging research what it is today. Nominations for honorary scientific awards are by invitation only.


Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction

The Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction is named in honor of AFAR’s founder, a noted cardiologist and past president of the American Heart Association, who in 1981 brought together a group of far-sighted scientists and lay people to build what became American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). This group, with support from the corporate and foundation sector, set out to find, fund, and nurture talented scientists and encourage them to pursue lifelong careers in research focused on the aging process and age-related diseases.

The Irving S. Wright Award is intended to honor exceptional contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of aging by member of the scientific community.

The award is a framed citation and carries a cash prize of $5,000 (underwritten by AFAR board member, Allen W. Mead, MD.)

The "Wright Award of Distinction Lecture" will be given by the recipient at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

AFAR proudly presents the 2017 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction to:

 

Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH

AFAR Board President and

Director of Geriatrics for the New York Presbyterian Health System,

Co-Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University

 

See the full list of past Irving S. Wright Awardees here.


Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research

The Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research is named in honor of Vincent Cristofalo,MD, who devoted his professional career equally to two pursuits: advancing aging research, and encouraging younger scientists to investigate important problems in the biology of aging. Dr. Cristofalo set an example of wise leadership, sophisticated judgment, and solid accomplishment that remain an inspiration to all who knew him.

In his honor, the American Federation for Aging Research established the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research.

The award is a framed citation and carries a cash prize of $5,000. The winner will have an opportunity to give a talk on his/her research at a special symposium at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

AFAR proudly presents the 2017 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research to:

Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD

Associate Director of the Diabetes Research Center (Biomedical Cores) and a 

Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

 

For a list of past winners, please click here and for selection criteria please click here.


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