Miranda Orr, PhD, assistant professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, was recently awarded the inaugural Hevolution/American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) New Investigator Awards in Aging Biology and Geroscience Research by AFAR and Hevolution Foundation (HF).
Orr, who was one of 18 researchers to receive these awards, will receive a three-year award of $375,000 to support her research projects in basic biology of aging or geroscience. This inaugural award supports talented early career investigators at research institutions around the world.
Recipients of the New Investigator Awards were selected through a rigorous, peer-review process. Applications were reviewed by established aging researchers who volunteer their time and expertise to select scientists and research projects that have the greatest likelihood of making significant contributions to help individuals stay healthier.
AFAR is a national non-profit organization that supports and advances pioneering biomedical research that is revolutionizing how we live healthier and longer. For more than four decades, AFAR has served as the field’s talent incubator, providing more than $193 million to nearly 4,350 investigators at premier research institutions to date.
HF is on a mission to drive efforts to extend healthy human lifespan and understand the processes of aging, with a focus on aging as a treatable process. HF aims to increase the number of aging-related treatments on the market, compress the timeline of drug development and increase accessibility to therapeutics that extend healthy lifespan.