Wagers To Give Mahoney Lecture
Dr. Amy Wagers, the Forst family professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, will discuss “Stem cells, aging and aging stem cells” Apr. 5 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. Her presentation is the annual Florence S. Mahoney Lecture on Aging, sponsored by NIA and part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
Wagers is a leader in the field of stem cell biology. Her groundbreaking research has uncovered new migratory pathways and signaling networks that regulate the function of hematopoietic stem cells. Understanding how these cells work could lead to better treatments for a range of diseases including cancer, anemia and diabetes. Wagers will discuss the fundamental principles that govern tissue aging and determine stem cell function in organ regeneration and degenerative disease.
Wagers received her Ph.D. in immunology and microbial pathogenesis from Northwestern University and completed postdoctoral training in stem cell biology at Stanford University. She has received numerous awards for her work in stem cell biology, including the Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award from the American Federation of Aging Research (2015), NIA’s Nathan Shock Award (2014), the New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Stem Cell Prize for Significant Achievement in Translational Research (2013), Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, 2010), Glenn Foundation Award for Research in Aging (2010), Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Award (2009) and NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2008). She is a recipient of multiple NIH grants from several institutes.
The annual Mahoney Lecture is named in honor of Florence Stephenson Mahoney (1899–2002). She devoted the last half of her life to successfully advocating for the creation of NIA and increased support for NIH.
There will be a reception and an opportunity to talk with the speaker in the NIH Library immediately following the lecture.