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Date: December 20th, 2011

Washington, DC—The Alliance for Aging Research has added new members to its Science Advisory Board including a prominent bioethicist, a world-renowned neurologist, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, a leading longevity researcher, and the only cardiologist to receive all four major cardiovascular research awards. The Alliance’s Science Advisors are actively engaged in understanding the aging process, age-related disease, and the implications of an aging society. They offer the not-for-profit Alliance scientific insight, guidance, and expertise and ensure that the organization’s public education and policy development efforts continue to meet the highest standards.

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Caplan is one of the leading bioethicists of our time and is much sought by the media and policymakers for opinions, interviews, and expertise dealing with the intersections of medicine, science, ethics, and the law. 

Robert Fogel, PhD is a professor and Director of the Center for Population Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Economics. Fogel is a 1993 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences and recognized worldwide as an economic historian and scientist. 

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD is a cardiologist and Director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Mount Sinai Medical School. Fuster holds numerous positions and is the recipient of countless awards including the American Heart Association Distinguished Scientist Award—one of the highest awards given by the AHA. 

Cynthia Kenyon, PhD is an American Cancer Society Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Kenyon’s lab focuses on longevity and how genes and cells control aging. 

John C. Morris, MD is a Distinguished Professor of Neurology and Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Morris’s research and practice focus on understanding Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders associated with aging. 

The newest members of the Alliance’s Science Advisory Board join an esteemed body of experts in the field of aging research and medicine that includes two Nobel Laureates, the recipient of Discover magazine’s title as one of the 10 most influential people in science, a former health care advisor to the Obama Presidential campaign, two directors of National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers, the dean of a leading public health school, the first female president of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and three current or former directors of specialized centers for aging research. 

“We are pleased and honored to have doctor’s Caplan, Fogel, Fuster, Kenyon, and Morris join our team of Science Advisors,” said Daniel Perry, President and CEO of the Alliance for Aging Research. “Their knowledge and professional reputations will be critical in helping the Alliance advance medical research to improve the quality of life for Americans as they age.” 

The full list of the Alliance’s Science Advisory Board members follow: 

  • Michele Bellantoni, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • Paul Berg, MDNobel Laureate, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

  • Richard W. Besdine, MD, Professor of Medicine, Brown University

  • Judith Campisi, PhD, Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

  • Arthur Caplan, PhD, Director, Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

  • Christine Cassel, MD, President & Chief Executive Office, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • David Cutler, PhD, Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University

  • Caleb E. Finch, PhD, Professor & Chair, Neurobiology of Aging, and Professor of Gerontology & Biological Sciences, University of Southern California

  • Gerald D. Fischbach, MD, Professor, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Columbia University

  • Robert Fogel, PhD, Nobel Laureate, Director, Center for Population Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business 

  • Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

  • Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Director, Cardiovascular Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • Fred H. Gage, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Genetics, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

  • Cynthia Kenyon, PhD, Professor, University of California, San Francisco

  • David Lipschitz, MD, PhD, Executive Director, The Longevity Center, St. Vincent Health System

  • Lewis A. Lipsitz, MD, Director and Senior Scientist, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife

  • George W. Martin, MD, Professor of Pathology Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, University of Washington School of Medicine

  • John C. Morris, MD, Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Director and Principal Investigator of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Washington University School of Medicine

  • John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, Director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania 

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    Founded in 1986, the Alliance for Aging Research is a nonprofit, independent organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging. The Alliance combines the interests of top scientists, public officials, business executives and foundation and academic leaders to promote a greater national investment in research and new technologies that will prepare our nation for the coming Senior Boom, and improve the quality of life for older Americans.