Announcing the launch of the “Animal Models for the Social Dimensions of Health and Aging Research Network.” This NIH-supported High Priority Research Network supports research, mentorship, and training activities to integrate animal models into studies of the social dimensions of health and aging, across the life course. The Network is under the leadership of Jenny Tung, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology, DUPRI Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, and co-directors, Kathleen Mullan Harris, James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Alessandro Bartolomucci , Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota.
Over the next five years, the Network will fund pilot projects, early career fellowships, workshops, and symposia to support and grow the community of researchers interested in social behavior, aging, and the social determinants of health in animals, including comparative work against humans. The first call for the Bruce McEwen Career Development Fellowship Award ($3-6k for graduate students, post-docs, or junior faculty) is now live and a pilot program announcement will follow in the next few months.
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