Date: November 23rd, 2014
On the evening of September 30, the Alliance for Aging Research held its 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. It was a memorable night that brought together scientists, policymakers, inventors, business leaders, and friends and partners of the Alliance in a combined show of support for aging research.
The dinner served as both a celebration of the Alliance's past year, to reminisce about everything that has gone on and the accomplishments that have been made in field of aging research. Among the highlights was a "sizzle reel" that chronicled some of our activities from the past year. You can watch it below.
Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to those who help advance the cause of aging research and healthy aging.
This year, we gave four awards:
- Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida received the Claude Pepper Award for Advancing Healthy Aging. As chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, he has time and again demonstrated his commitment to keeping aging issues and the needs of older adults at the forefront of the national consciousness.
- Purdue University president Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., received the Senator Orrin Hatch Award for Advancing Healthy Aging, Daniels has made significant contributions to health care throughout his career. This includes the implementation of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) and the RX for Indiana program as governor of Indiana.
- Jay Walker of TEDMED was given The Silver Innovator Award for his work as a prolific inventor, entrepreneur and visionary. As curator of TEDMED, he has helped expand knowledge about health and medicine to millions of people throughout the world.
- J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., was the Alliance’s Indispensable Person of the Year due to his monumental impact on the field of genetics and human biology. As one of the most important scientists of the 21st century, he has made numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research.
We'd like to thank all of our sponsors who made this dinner possible. We'd also like to extend our gratitude to all of the people who worked tirelessly to put this event together.
Now that the 2014 dinner is in the books, we look forward to 2015. And we already have a date! We invite you to mark your calendars for September 29, 2015.