Senior Scholar in Aging
New Scholar in Aging

Gerontology, the science of aging, is an increasingly important field of endeavor as the peoples of the United States and the rest of the world age. Developed and developing countries alike are seeing dramatic growth in their elderly populations. The world's 60-and-over population increased by more than 12 million persons in 1995 alone, reaching a total of 550 million. By the year 2025, 1.2 billion people will be 60 or older. According to the U.S. Census Bureau*, in the industrialized countries of Europe, Asia, and North America, more than 50 countries already have 15% or more of their population 60 years of age or older. Improvements in health care and disease prevention have the potential to create economic benefit to, and to dramatically improve the quality of life of, millions of individuals.

Significant breakthroughs in understanding the basic biological processes that underlie aging and age-related diseases are the best hope we have for achieving genuine prevention or amelioration of age-related debilitation and disease. Many of the world's leading scientists believe that such breakthroughs in understanding are not only possible, but in fact are the likely consequence of the application of modern biological research techniques. The Ellison Medical Foundation Aging Program was established in order to foster such breakthroughs.

The Ellison Medical Foundation Aging Program supports basic biomedical research on aging relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The foundation stimulates basic biomedical research in multiple disciplines

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
Structural biology
Molecular genetics
Studies with model systems ranging from lower eukaryotes to humans
Inquiries testing the relevance of simpler models to human aging
Genetic epidemiology of aging; candidate longevity genes
Aging in the immune system
Host defense molecules in aging systems
Mechanisms of free radical induced cell aging
Mechanisms of aging in various differentiated cell populations
Gene/environment and gene/gene interactions
Integrative physiology
New approaches to age-modulated disease mechanisms: Alzheimer's disease and others.

Through various award mechanisms, including the Senior Scholar and New Scholar Award programs, the foundation fosters research by means of grants-in-aid to investigators at universities and laboratories within the United States.

As a part of our activities to foster basic biomedical research on aging and attract talented investigators to the aging research field, The Ellison Medical Foundation, in cooperation with the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, sponsors a three week course on the Molecular Biology of Aging. See: Summer Courses and Training Awards

*Global Aging into the 21st Century: U.S. Census Bureau, International Programs Center, International Data Base, 1996 July 31, 1998

For further information, contact:
Richard L. Sprott, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Ellison Medical Foundation
4710 Bethesda Avenue
Suite 204
Bethesda, MD 20814-5226
(301) 657-1830 (Phone)
(301) 657-1828 (Fax)
Contact Dr. Sprott