Dr. Ina J. Amber, an instructor in the Division of Human Development and Aging at the University of Utah School of Medicine, has been awarded a grant to do research on an important question in the field of aging - the relationship of age to the increased incidence of infectious diseases and cancer.

Amber, who is also a staff physician at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, will use her grant of $23,000 to study how age impairs certain cells, called macrophages. These cells are important in mobilizing the body's immune system against disease.Her work could lead to new strategies for management of cancer and infection in the elderly.

Amber is one of 32 researchers who have received awards from the American Federation for Aging Research, a national, voluntary organization that funds biomedical research on aging and age-related diseases and disabilities.