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Welcome to the Animal Models for the Social Dimensions of Health and Aging Research Network


The Research Network supports research that integrates animal models into studies of social aging. We facilitate the exchange of ideas, concepts, and data between researchers working on animal models and on humans, provide mentorship and training for new investigators, and support new projects focused on using animal models to improve human health and well-being during aging.


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Now Accepting Pilot Project Applications!

We are now accepting applications for our Pilot and Feasibility Projects, which are due by 5pm EST on November 15, 2020. Our goal is to fund 2 - 4 projects that catalyze new research on animal models for social aging (max total costs of $25,000). Applicants from US-based institutions are eligible, see pilot call for more details.

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Congrats Bruce McEwen Fellows!

Congratulations to the 2020 Bruce McEwen Fellows Gregory Albery, Nick Keiser, Camille Testard, and Nicole Thompson González. Also for Daniella Chusyd, Tobin Hammer, and Laura Newman who are all Travel Award recipients.


Social Determinants of Health Review Published in Science

This new review, partially supported by the Animal Models Network, shows that there are similar patterns linking the social environment to health and lifespan across a diverse set of social mammals.

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The Research Network is supported by funding from the National Institute on Aging and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research at the National Institutes of Health, under award number R24AG065172