BY: Art Campomanes Staff Writer for World Liberty TV
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) hosted its 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in New York City. The Awards Dinner was themed “Let’s Make this the Age of Aging Better,” and celebrated leaders in finance, philanthropy, and science for their commitment to the socioeconomic impact of aging research.
AFAR presented four Awards of Distinction. Johannes J. Baensch, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer at Nestlé Skin Health S.A., was presented the Honorary Leadership Award. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, received the Chairman’s Award. Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, was presented with the Icon of Aging Award. Peter G. Peterson, Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation, was presented the George E. and Marie J. Doty Award.
Additionally, AFAR recognized its annual Scientific Awards: S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D. received the Irving S. Wright Award, and Luigi Fontana, M.D., Ph.D. received the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research.
The evening’s awards was presented by a range of notable executives, including Paul A. Volcker, Chairman of the Volcker Alliance and former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D., C.E.O. of the Global Coalition on Aging, and Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Executive Director of The John A. Hartford Foundation.
Founded in 1981, AFAR is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. AFAR funds physicians and scientists who are probing the fundamental mechanisms of aging, as well as age-related diseases, in order to help us all live healthier, longer.
“Over these past 35 years, AFAR proudly has awarded more than 172 million dollars in grants championing the cause and supporting the funding of science in healthier aging and age-related medicine,” states Stephanie Lederman, Executive Director. “Our grants have supported more than 4,000 investigators at more than 500 leading institutions across the United States as well as Ireland, Israel, Italy, and the United Kingdom. While the world’s population over 65 years old is growing an unprecedented rate, AFAR’s support of solid science in the biology of aging is more critical than ever.”
The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research. Founded in 1981, AFAR has championed the cause and supported the funding of science in healthier aging and age-related medicine. To address the shortage of physicians and researchers dedicated to the science of healthier aging, AFAR funds physicians and scientists probing the fundamental mechanisms of aging, as well as specific diseases associated with aging populations at critical points throughout their careers. AFAR engages the public through webinars, conferences and our online resource, InfoAging, featuring over two dozen downloadable guides, edited by guest experts on topics ranging from theories of aging, age-related conditions, healthy lifestyle tips, and more.
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