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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology professor Valter Longo was awarded the 2013 Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

“I am honored since this is among the most prestigious awards in the biology of aging field,” Longo said. “It is even more of an honor since I personally knew, interacted with and admired Vincent Cristofalo, and the previous winners are all colleagues whom I very much respect.

Now in its sixth year, the Cristofalo Award is named in honor of the late pioneer in the molecular and cellular biology of aging research. The accolade is given to individuals who have made major discoveries in the fundamental biology of aging and whose work is deemed likely to be highly influential for decades to come.

Longo will receive a cash prize of $5,000, special acknowledgement at the AFAR Gala Dinner in New York City and an invitation to deliver the Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award Lecture at the annual scientific meeting of the American Aging Association.

USC Leonard Davis dean Gerald C. Davison added: “We couldn’t be prouder of Valter and his ever-growing list of accomplishments. He exemplifies the ideals of this illustrious award and is truly a rising star of aging research we’ll be hearing about for decades to come.”


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