April 28, 2015

Senior Scholars in Aging Alfred Goldberg, PhD (Harvard Medical School, Senior Scholar in 2004), and Victoria Lundblad, PhD (Salk Institute, Senior Scholar in 2001) are among the nation's distinguished scientists have been named as new members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Academy announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates at the Academy’s annual meeting on April 28, 2015. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,250 and the total number of foreign associates to 452. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and their use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology. For further information, see: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/april-28-2015-NAS-Election.html

April 22, 2015

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems, has announced its 2015 Class of Fellows. Included in this group is Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD, of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Senior Scholar in Aging in 2009. Academy Fellows across disciplines of science, the arts, business, and public affairs work together to provide analyses of social, political, and intellectual topics that challenge our society. For further information, see: https://www.amacad.org/multimedia/pdfs/classlist2015.pdf

November 10, 2014

Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholars Gary Ruvkun, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, 1998 Senior Scholar in Aging) and Victor Ambros, PhD (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2012 Senior Scholar in Aging) are among six researchers named as recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honors transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life, with one prize dedicated to work that contributes to the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Ruvkun and Ambros were recognized for the discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs, a class of tiny RNA molecules that inhibit translation or destabilize complementary mRNA targets. Each received a $3 million award.

Other recipients of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences are:

Alim Louis Benabid, Joseph Fourier University, for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

C. David Allis, The Rockefeller University, for the discovery of covalent modifications of histone proteins and their critical roles in the regulation of gene expression and chromatin organization, advancing the understanding of diseases ranging from birth defects to cancer.

Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Umeå University, for harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine.

April 29, 2014

EMF Senior Scholars in Aging James J. Collins, PhD (Boston University, Senior Scholar in 2007), Michael Green, MD (University of Massachusetts Medical School, Senior Scholar in 2009), and Jeff W. Lichtman, MD, PhD (Harvard University, Senior Scholar in 2003) have been named as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The Academy announced the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates at the Academy’s annual meeting on April 29, 2014. Those elected bring the total number of active members to 2,214 and the total number of foreign associates to 444. Foreign associates are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scientists and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and their use for the general welfare. It was established in 1863 by a congressional act of incorporation signed by Abraham Lincoln that calls on the Academy to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in any matter of science or technology. For further information, see: http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/april-29-2014-NAS-Election.html

April 23, 2014

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems, has announced its 2014 Class of Fellows. Included in this group is Nancy Bonini, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Scholar in Aging in 2009. Academy Fellows across disciplines of science, the arts, business, and public affairs work together to provide analyses of social, political, and intellectual topics that challenge our society. For further information, see: https://www.amacad.org/multimedia/pdfs/classlist2014.pdf

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