Miranda Orr, PhD, Wins Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s Prestigious Award

September 25, 2022

Miranda E. Orr, PhD

Miranda Orr, PhD, Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, was recently announced as the recipient of the 2022 Melvin R. Goodes Prize for Excellence in Alzheimer’s Drug Development by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF).

The annual award includes $150,000 and will support Orr’s pioneering work targeting senescent cells to translate the biology of aging into effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Each year, the Goodes Prize is awarded to a professionally active researcher in academia or industry who has pursued novel research and made a significant and lasting impact in Alzheimer’s drug development. A selection committee, that includes leaders in the field, nominates candidates for consideration and chooses a winner based on past achievements and proposed future research.

The Melvin R. Goodes Prize is named in honor of the courage, legacy and research advocacy of Mr. Goodes, an honorary member of the ADDF’s Board of Governors. It was created thanks to the generosity of Mr. Goodes and his wife, Nancy, who is also on the ADDF’s Board.

Founded in 1998 by Leonard A. and Ronald S. Lauder, the ADDF is dedicated to rapidly accelerating the discovery of drugs to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. The ADDF is the only public charity solely focused on funding the development of drugs for Alzheimer’s, employing a venture philanthropy model to support research in academia and the biotech industry.