Senior Scientist Sailendra Nichenametla, Ph.D., has been named as a recipient of the inaugural Hevolution/AFAR New Investigator Awards in Aging Biology and Geroscience Research, presented by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and Hevolution Foundation. Eighteen three-year awards of US $375,000 each have been granted to support research projects in basic biology of aging or geroscience—a research paradigm based on addressing the biology of aging and age-related disease to promote healthy aging. Dr. Nichenametla will utilize the funds to investigate the role of serinogenesis in regulating lipid metabolism.

The inaugural awards support talented early career investigators at research institutions around the world, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“In partnership with AFAR, Hevolution Foundation is excited to strengthen the international pipeline of aging researchers through the New Investigators Awards,” shares Felipe Sierra, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Hevolution Foundation. “We want to help fill the void and speed the pace of scientific discovery on the processes of aging by dramatically increasing the research workforce. This initial round of grants is a significant step toward that goal.”

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 us stay healthier longer as we grow older.

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