American Federation for Aging Research

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance healthy aging through biomedical research.

Key Initiatives
AFAR focuses its activities on these major initiatives:

  • Identifying and funding a broad range of cutting-edge research most likely to increase knowledge about healthy aging.
  • Attracting more physicians to specialize in geriatric medicine to meet the demands of an aging population with expert health care.
  • Creating opportunities for scientists and clinicians to share knowledge and exchange ideas to drive innovation in aging research.
  • Providing information to the public on new medical findings that can help people live longer lives, less susceptible to disease and disability.
  • AFAR was founded in 1981 to fund and nurture talented scientists and physicians, and to encourage them to pursue lifelong careers in research focused on aging processes and age-related diseases. Today, three decades later, AFAR has provided more than $132 million in support of researchers in aging and to encourage the training of new scientists and physicians in geriatric research and in the practice of geriatric medicine. The important work AFAR supports, leads to a better understanding of the aging process and to improvements in the health of all Americans as they age.

    Learn more about AFAR on their website.