AFAR is pleased to announce that the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded nearly $4.5 million in support of a new Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center.

The Coordinating Center consists of a National Program Office, managed by AFAR, and three Academic Resource Centers at Yale University School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and Johns Hopkins University.

The Clin-STAR Coordinating Center will develop a multi-faceted, national platform to promote and enrich the career development, training and trans-disciplinary research of clinician-investigators across the U.S., particularly early stage investigators who are committed to careers in aging research.

The Coordinating Center will build on the collective and complementary experience of four principal investigators, senior administrative leadership at AFAR, and a team that includes more than 20 clinician investigators from a diverse array of over 20 academic institutions across the country.

AFAR Deputy Executive Director and Director of Grant Programs Odette van der Willik will serve as one of four Principal Investigators, along with AFAR experts:

-- Thomas Gill, MD, a 1997 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient and chair of the Beeson selection committee, a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist, and the Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.

-- Kristine Yaffe, MD, a 2001 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient, a neurologist, and the Scola Endowed Chair and Vice Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Epidemiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

-- Jeremy Walston, MD, a 1998 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging recipient, a geriatrician, and the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Clin-STAR’s activities will include an annual meeting that will abut the highly successful Beeson Annual Meeting, the creation of an Outreach Fund that will support an array of opportunities to build leadership skills and support career development, a novel evaluative approach based on network science, and efforts to establish a public-private partnership through philanthropy and leveraging existing relationships.

For updates on the Clin-STAR initiative, follow ClinSTARCC on Twitter.

A launch in 2020.

AFAR also serves as the Coordinating Center for the NIA’s Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging.  AFAR also manages, with Wake Forest University, the Research Centers Collaborative Network of the NIA.