Dr. Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD won a share of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Medicine. Dr. Greider was credited for discovering a key mechanism in the genetic operations of cells, an insight that has inspired new lines of research into cancer.

Dr. Greider was the Alliance for Aging Research's first Allied Signal Award Winner for her early research in the field of telomere biology, aging, and cancer, a field which at that time was in its infancy and not recognized by the major federal funding agencies. From 1992 to 1999, as part of its Program on Aging, AlliedSignal Inc. bestowed a $200,000 grant to a senior-level scientist conducting research on aging. The award was given to the investigator with a project showing the most innovation and greatest promise to improve the lives of older Americans.