We are thrilled to announce that Dilip Jeste, MD, is the winner of the 2018 Daniel Perry Founder's Award from the Alliance for Aging Research.
Dilip V. Jeste, MD is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Estelle and Edgar Levi Memorial Chair in Aging, Director of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of the UC San Diego-IBM Center on Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Living. He was a research fellow, and later, Chief of the Units on Movement Disorders and Dementias at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UC San Diego. He started a Geriatric Psychiatry program from scratch at UC San Diego; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions in the world.
The Alliance for Aging Research is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. The Alliance was founded in 1986 in Washington, D.C., and has since become a valued advocacy organization and a respected influential voice with policymakers.
The Alliance strives to advance science and enhance lives through a variety of activities and initiatives—from policy issues to provider and consumer health programs—that generate knowledge and action on age-related issues. The Alliance has made aging research a fast-growing priority for medical research today. Since 1986 federal support for aging research has more than tripled, private research and development in aging-related health have reached an all-time high, and new discoveries are making a lasting difference to the lives of millions of Americans.
The Alliance partnered with Dr. Jeste and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging this past year to convene top academic, provider, and policy experts from the public and private sectors to explore the essential mental and behavioral health concerns of older Americans, identify gaps, and propose practical solutions. The recommendations from the convening were published in the June issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
The Alliance will honor Dr. Jeste for his contributions to advance the science of human aging during the 25th Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner on October 2, 2018, at the United States Institute of Peace.