Physiology and Biophysics

March 22, 2021

Oscar Vivas receives inaugural Sagol Network GerOmic Award for Junior Faculty

New AFAR grant award advances aging research through systems biology

Full press release here:

Given the biological complexity and heterogeneity of the aging process, the emerging field of GerOmics research—which utilizes Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Systems Research, and Tech to study the biology of aging—can play an important role in providing important insights into the aging process and many age-related diseases. Established in 2020, the Sagol Network GerOmic Award for Junior Faculty provides up to $100,000 for a one- to two-year award to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct aging-related -Omics research.

Dr. Vivas’ project, “Gero-Proteomics of the Autonomic Nervous System: A path to understanding the age-associated loss of organ control”, will focus on homeostasis, the ability of the body to maintain an internal equilibrium in response to external changes.

“Despite the recognized age-related decline in homeostasis, little is known about the direct effects of age on the function of the autonomic nervous system,” notes Dr. Vivas. “The main goal of this project is to fill the gap in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind the age-related deterioration of the autonomic nervous system.”

“GerOmics research is essential to help unfold the complexity of the biology of aging,” says Stephanie Lederman, Executive Director, AFAR. “AFAR is grateful for the support of the Sagol Network in launching this award and building the path to -Omics research to extend healthspan.” 

“In establishing this program, the Sagol Network recognized that AFAR’s respected review process and global reputation as a leader in the field of aging research would ensure the brightest talent is supported,” says Sami Sagol, Founder, Sagol Network. “We are encouraged that Dr. Vivas and Dr. Sidoldi are integrating Omics to advance biomedical research and excited for the impact of their studies and future of this grant program.”  

Dr. Vivas recently presented highlights of his Omics-based research at “The Future is Now: Innovations in AI and Big Data for Healthspan and Longevity,” hosted by AFAR on February 9. A recording of the event is available here.