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November 17, 2005
American Federation for Aging Research Awards Highest Honor to Director of Geriatrics Division at Johns Hopkins
Linda Fried, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine and epidemiology and director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins, will receive the American Federation for Aging’s (AFAR) highest honor, the 2005 Irving Wright Award of Distinction. The award is for her “exceptional contributions to basic and clinical research or to the encouragement of such research in the field of aging.” Fried becomes the organization’s 26th member honored with the award, which carries a cash prize of $1,500.
Fried is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts on the science of aging and is widely known for her research in the etiology, prevention and the treatment of frailty and disability in aging. Also, she is the co-founder of Experience Corps, an award-winning program that places teams of older adults in urban public schools as tutors and mentors. Currently, more than 1,000 Experience Corps members are volunteering in 100 elementary and middle schools in 18 cities across the country.
The Wright award will be presented at the AFAR Grantee Conference, which will be held in conjunction with the annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.
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