The award – named in honor of the late Dr. Cristofalo, who dedicated his career to aging research and to encouraging young scientists to investigate important problems in the biology of aging – was established in 2008 and is presented to a scientist in the early or middle phase of their career. The award is a framed citation and carries a cash prize of $5,000.
A translational scientist, Dr. Justice's research aims to evaluate the functional role of biological processes of underlying human aging and to move interventions targeting these processes to clinical trials. This includes: developing frameworks for biomarkers and aging outcomes in clinical trials of lifestyle interventions and gerotherapeutics, and establishing functional consequences of cellular senescence in human aging and obesity.
The AFAR is a national non-profit organization that supports and advances pioneering biomedical research that is revolutionizing ways to help individuals live healthier and longer. For more than four decades, AFAR has served as the field’s talent incubator, providing more than $189 million to more than 4,300 investigators at research institutions nationwide.