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 three 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 2019 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction to:

 

Pinchas Cohen, MD

Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences and
Dean, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, 
University of Southern California

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 2019 Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research to:

 

Nathan K. LeBrasseur, PT, PhD

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, Mayo Clinic

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


The Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research

 

The Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research is named in honor of Fox Wetle, PhD, who has devoted her professional career to three related domains. She has been a tireless and successful advocate for inclusion of aging-related health services research in Public Health. She has lovingly and effectively mentored hundreds of new investigators in a broad array of disciplines.  And she has built a leading School of Public Health at Brown, while leading national efforts to improve aging-relevant content in public health curricula.  Professor Wetle sets an example of visionary leadership, caring mentoring and administrative brilliance that is inspirational to all who know her.

In her honor, the American Federation for Aging Research established the Terrie Fox Wetle Rising Star Award in Health Services and Aging Research.

The award is a framed citation and carries a cash prize of $5,000. The winner will have an opportunity to present research findings at the AFAR Symposium at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.The inagural award will be presented in 2020.

Please click here for selection criteria and nomination information.

 


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