The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California, has announced the inaugural recipients of its Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality Scholar Awards.
Selected by an advisory council comprising leaders in the fields of aging and reproductive biology, the initial cohort of twenty-two scholars will receive flexible funding totaling $7.4 million in support of research aimed at understanding the underlying causes of female reproductive aging. Recipients in the Senior Scholar category include Holly Ingraham (University of California, San Francisco), who was recognized for the project “Identifying Novel Drivers in Central Control of Female Reproduction,” and Coleen Murphy (Princeton University), who was recognized for “Defining a ‘Clock’ for Female Reproductive Decline.”
Recipients in the Junior Scholar category include Ingrid Fetter-Pruneda (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “The molecular and cellular basis of high fecundity in social insects”); Bérénice Benayoun (University of Southern California, “Establishing new age-relevant mouse models of menopause”); Lynae Brayboy (Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, “Dysfunctional MDR-1 disrupts mitochondrial homeostasis in the oocyte”); and Amanda Kallen (Yale University, “Ovarian Senescence as a Novel Driver of Female Reproductive Aging”). Recipients of the Pilot Award, which is designed to foster collaborative or novel research projects that have the potential for high impact and high reward at an accelerated rate, include Iain Cheeseman (Whitehead Institute/MIT, “Analyzing centromere rejuvenation during female reproductive aging”), and Yousin Suh (Columbia University, “Genetic Control of Ovarian Aging in Humans”). And Postdoctoral Scholar Award recipients include Ana Milunovic Jevtic (University of California, Berkeley, “The role of endocannabinoid hydrolase ABHD2 in ovarian aging”), and Olfat Malak (Buck Institute, “Role of sympathetic transmission in the regulation of ovarian aging”).
“We are thrilled to welcome these promising researchers as our very first grant recipients,” said assistant professor and GCRLE faculty director Jennifer Garrison. “The GCRLE unites two disciplines — reproductive science and geroscience — in an unprecedented way to investigate an area of biology that has tangible societal and clinical implications. Our goal is to foster truly bold, innovative scientists with the potential to transform the field.”