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Hevolution announces 49 awards to catalyze discovery in healthspan science through innovative $115 million grants program

Hevolution announces 49 awards to catalyze discovery in healthspan science through innovative $115 million grants program
2024-02-12
(Press-News.org) RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — February 12, 2024 — Hevolution Foundation, a global nonprofit organization that provides grants and early-stage investments to incentivize research and entrepreneurship in healthspan science, is announcing 49 new awards under its pioneering Hevolution Foundation - Geroscience Research Opportunities (HF-GRO) program.  

As part of Hevolution’s mission to catalyze the healthspan scientific ecosystem and drive transformative breakthroughs in healthy aging, HF-GRO is funding promising pre-clinical research in aging biology and geroscience. Through this first wave of HF-GRO awards, Hevolution will invest up to $115 million in this first cohort of 49 selected projects over the next five years. Hevolution also plans to announce a second call for proposals under HF-GRO later this year, offering an additional $115 million to address the significant funding gaps in aging research.  

Dr. Felipe Sierra, Hevolution’s Chief Scientific Officer states “These 49 important research projects represent a significant step forward in deepening our understanding of healthy aging. Hevolution's prime objective is to mobilize greater investment around uncovering the foundational mechanisms behind biological aging. We are steadfast in our belief that by examining the root causes of aging, rather than solely focusing on its associated diseases, we can usher in a brighter future for humanity." 

By 2050, the global population over 60 years old is set to double to 2 billion people. Global advances in healthspan science are urgently needed, making investment in the field through initiatives like HF-GRO vital to drive scientific discovery. To date, Hevolution has committed approximately $250 million to transform the healthy aging sector, including the $40 million for specialized research and development in healthspan science recently announced at Hevolution’s Global Healthspan Summit. Hevolution is ramping up its investments to enable healthier aging for all and is now the second largest funder of aging biology research worldwide.  

HF-GRO awardees include researchers at prestigious institutions across the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the U.S. National Institute on Aging, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Buck Institute, the Mayo Clinic, New York University, and the University of California San Francisco, among many others. The American Federation for Aging Research is providing programmatic support for the HF-GRO program, with grantees selected through a rigorous two-stage peer-review process involving 100 experts in aging biology and geroscience. 

Dr. Berenice Benayoun, an HF-GRO grant recipient at the University of Southern California, says, "I am extremely honored and excited that Hevolution selected our project for funding. This is a project close to my heart, which aims at understanding why and how the female and male innate immune aging differs. This funding will support us as we start laying the foundation for a lasting improvement of women's health throughout aging." 

HF-GRO grant recipients include: 

Alexandru Movila, Indiana University 

Amy Pasquinelli, The Regents of the University of California San Diego 

Ana Fiszbein, Trustees of Boston University 

Andrei Seluanov, University of Rochester 

Andrew Dillin, The Regents of the University of California Berkeley 

Andrew Yang, The J. David Gladstone Institutes 

Andrzej Bartke, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine 

Benjamin Miller, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation 

Berenice Benayoun, University of Southern California  

Bill Chen, University of Pittsburgh 

Bjorn Schumacher, University Hospital Cologne  

Derek Huffman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

Duygu Ucar, The Jackson Laboratory 

Gerard Karsenty, The Trustees of Columbia University  

Hao Li, The Regents of the University of California San Francisco 

Hua Bai, Iowa State University of Science and Technology 

Isabel Beerman, National Institute on Aging 

James Kirkland, Mayo Clinic 

Javier Apfeld, Northeastern University 

Jeroen Eyckmans, Trustees of Boston University 

Jesse Poganik, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

John Newman, Buck Institute for Research on Aging 

Joshua Rabinowitz, The Trustees of Princeton University 

Kamal Khanna, New York University Grossman School of Medicine 

Karl Lenhart, Drexel University 

Leanne Jones, The Regents of the University of California San Francisco 

Marc Prentki, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal 

Marco Demaria, University Medical Center Groningen 

Maxim Artyomov, Washington University in St.Louis 

Mayumi Ito, New York University Grossman School of Medicine 

Mone Zaidi, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Nathan Basisty, National Institute on Aging 

Olaia Naveiras, Lausanne University Hospital  

Pankaj Kapahi, Buck Institute for Research on Aging 

Paul Cooke, University of Florida 

Payel Sen, National Institute on Aging 

Rafael de Cabo, National Institute on Aging 

Richard Morimoto, Northwestern University  

Richard Wainford, Emory University 

Roarke Kamber, The Regents of the University of California, San Francisco 

Saranya Wyles, Mayo Clinic 

Saul Villeda, The Regents of the University of California San Francisco 

Shannon Conley, Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 

Stefan Tullius, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Sundeep Khosla, Mayo Clinic 

Thomas Rando, The Regents of the University of California Los Angeles 

Vadim Gladyshev, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

Yi Zhu, Mayo Clinic 

Yuan Liu, University of Pittsburgh 

 

About Hevolution Foundation 

Founded on the belief that every person has the right to live a longer, healthier life, Hevolution Foundation is a global catalyst, collaborator, and convener on a mission to drive efforts to extend healthspan and understand the biological processes behind aging. As a global nonprofit organization headquartered in Riyadh with a North American hub and an annual budget of up to $1 billion, Hevolution is supporting a cutting-edge, global ecosystem of talent to propel aging and geroscience research forward and achieve medical breakthroughs. With a focus on aging as a treatable process, Hevolution aims to increase the number of aging-related treatments on the market, compress the timeline of drug development, and increase accessibility to therapeutics that extend healthy lifespan, also known as healthspan. To date, Hevolution has committed $250 million to drive scientific discoveries to make aging healthier for humanity.  

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