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American Federation for Aging Research Announces Recipients of Irving S. Wright and Vincent Cristofalo Scientific Awards
Date:4/2/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) has announced its latest honorary scientific awards. Gary Ruvkun, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School will receive the Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction, while Valter D. Longo, PhD, Director of the Longevity Institute, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences and the Edna Jones Chair of Biogerontology at the University of Southern California, has been named recipient of the Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research.

“These awards are given annually to members of the aging research community whose work advances the field, and advances our understanding of aging,” said AFAR Executive Director Stephanie Lederman, EdM. “Both awards are named in honor of visionary scientists, and the recipients are chosen for their vision and accomplishments as well.”

Nominations for the awards are by invitation, and are judged by an independent panel of leading aging researchers. Nominees must have made significant contributions to both aging research and to AFAR.

Wright Award Honors Exceptional Science

The Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction is named in honor of the founder of the American Federation for Aging Research and honors exceptional contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of aging. The award is a framed citation and carries a cash prize of $2,500. The "Wright Award of Distinction Lecture" is given by the recipient at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. The award has been given since 1982.

In noting Dr. Ruvkin’s achievements, one nominator noted that in the 1990s Dr. Ruvkin, “discovered the involvement of the insulin signaling pathway and FOXO as key molecular players in aging. This work was quickly validated in more complex organisms and the pathway is the most studied and best understood in aging. His mechan
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