Brighton professor joins US organisation that supports research into ageing

2-Mar-2016

Professor Richard Faragher is elected to Board of Directors of the American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR)

A University of Brighton professor has become the first British citizen to join one of America’s leading organisations supporting research into ageing.

Professor Richard Faragher, Professor of Biogerontology and assistant head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

Richard Faragher is committed to improving the health of the elderly

Richard Faragher is committed to improving the health of the elderly

AFAR is a national non-profit organisation whose mission is to support and advance healthy ageing through biomedical research. Founded in 1981, AFAR has championed the cause and supported the funding of science in healthier ageing and age-related medicine.

Faragher, past chair of the British Society for Research on Ageing, said: 'This is a great honour for me and one that I believe recognises the hard work my colleagues are committing to improving health in older age.'

Faragher’s new role follows AFAR, the BSRA and the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research co-hosting an event at the House of Lords. This engaged politicians, scientists’ donors and celebrities and premiered the 'Live Longer, Live Well' video, designed by Faragher and data journalist David McCandless.

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They met politicians and philanthropists in the House of Lords to seek support for research into new drug and therapies to treat and better manage disabilities and ailments that afflict the elderly including dementia.