Funding support: 

1. The FAST Study is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (a division of the NIH) with a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (Grant Number: 4R00HL109247-03). From the NHLBI website: "NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives. The NHLBI stimulates basic discoveries about the causes of disease, enables the translation of basic discoveries into clinical practice, fosters training and mentoring of emerging scientists and physicians, and communicates research advances to the public. It creates and supports a robust, collaborative research infrastructure in partnership with private and public organizations, including academic institutions, industry, and other government agencies." 

2. Principal Investigator, Eli Puterman, PhD, received a 2014 New Investigator Award from the Alzheimer’s Association for his project, “Improving caregivers’ daily lives with exercise: A randomized study.” The study supplements the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded randomized controlled exercise intervention with ecological momentary assessments to examine whether increasing fitness over a 6-month period alters stress sensitivity to daily stressful events in family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia-related disorders. Since 1982 the Alzheimer’s Association has invested over $315 million in more than 2,200 scientific investigations. Their New Investigator Research Grant Program supports the early-career development of newly independent investigators providing them with funding that will allow them to develop preliminary or pilot data, test procedures, develop hypotheses and lay the groundwork for future research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and other funding agencies and groups. 

Sponsor support from not-for-profit and corporate organizations: 


The YMCA has partnered with the FAST Lab to provide special memberships to our participants in the FAST Study. If you are a participant, you will receive free memberships for 6 months to the Bay Area YMCA, providing the flexibility to attend any YMCA that is conveniently located in your neighborhood or area. You will receive an initial training session at the YMCA with the fitness coach and two additional sessions at no extra cost during the next 6 months.

We extend a big thanks to Jennifer Trombley, Director of Membership at the Embarcadero YMCA in San Francisco, and the whole YMCA team for the continued support of community health and research.

Click here for a link to Bay Area YMCA locations available for participants to attend.

Salutron: Salutron, founded in 1994, is a global supplier of heart rate and activity monitors for health, sports and fitness. Salutron's activity and physiological monitoring solutions are based on research and development programs sponsored by NASA and DOD. Salutron has donated state-of-the-art LifeTrak Heart Rate Chest Straps to the FAST Study for participants' use. We greatly appreciate their donation and we look forward to future studies in which we can partner with the great people at Salutron.