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Visiting Scholars Series Archive

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Precision Medicine for the Molecular and Clinical Complexity of Dementia

Tom Montine, MD, PhD

January 8, 2015

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Drugs that Forestall Aging - Extending Healthspan

Brian K. Kennedy, PhD

January 15, 2015

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Stress, Weight, and Reproductive Function
Sarah Berga, MD

February 26, 2015

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Geriatrics: From bedside to bench to policy - Singing a Single Song in Separate Keys

Neil Resnick, MD

March 17, 2015

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Is Cardiovascular Disease a Human Inevitability? Insights from the Bolivian Amazon

Michael Gurven, PhD

March 31, 2015

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Promoting and Transforming Palliative Care

Co-Sponsored by Penn Hospice and Palliative Care Program

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP

January 23, 2014


Improving Physician Prescribing Practices and Medication Policy

Co-Sponsored by the Penn Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging

Jerome “Jerry” Avorn, MD

March 27, 2014

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Long Term Care Settings for People with Dementia

Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD

April 1, 2014


Dementia Screening Methods and Modeling Cognitive Change

James E. Galvin, MD, PhD

June 18, 2014

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Physical Activity: The Trek to Healthy Brain Aging

Kirk Erickson, PhD

January 24, 2013


The Surprising Heterogeneity in the Hazards of Hospitalization: Diagnosis Matters

Theodore Iwashyna, MD, PhD

February 27, 2013


Aging, Redox Signaling, and the Development of Osteoarthritis

Richard Loeser, Jr., MD

March 12, 2013


Translational Research Efforts in Neurotherapeutics and Clinical Care

Jeffrey Cummings, MD

October 29, 2013



Function Focused Care: Optimizing Function and Activity Among Older Adults

Barbara Resnick, PhD, RN, CRNP

January 12, 2012


Tracking the Health &Economic Implications of the U.S. Population's 'Brain Health': Findings from the Health and Retirement Study

Kenneth M. Langa, MD, PhD

January 26, 2012


Maintaining Mobility in Old Age: The Role of Physical Activity

Jack Guralnik, MD, PhD

March 20, 2012


Mobility and Aging

Stephanie Studenski, MD, MPH

October 9, 2012



Can Simple Cells Model Complex Disease?

Susan L. Lindquist, PhD

January 25, 2011


The Oldest Old: 95 is the New 65

Claudia Kawas, MD

March 22, 2011


Sex, Stress and the Brain: Hormone Actions Above the Hypothalamus Via Novel Mechanisms

Bruce S. McEwen, PhD

May 6, 2011


Towards Novel Therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease

Todd Golde, MD, PhD

November 29, 2011



A Conversation on Breaking the Treatment Barrier: Moving from Disease Modification to Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease

Russell Katz, MD, and Zaven Khachaturian, PhD

January 7, 2010


Clinical Trials for Parkinson's Disease

Karl D. Kieburtz, MD, MPH

January 14, 2010


Drug Treatments for Dementia: Using the Past to Make Sense of the Present

Jesse F. Ballenger, PhD

February 4, 2010


The Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) Study: An urban study of health, race, and socioeconomic status

Michele K. Evans, MD

March 3, 2010


Central Role of Sarcopenia in Frailty

Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD

April 8, 2010


PET Imaging of Amyloid Plaque in Alzheimer's Disease – Insights into Pathogenesis of Disease

Daniel M. Skovronsky, MD, PhD

September 16, 2010


Funding Opportunities from the Ellison Medical Foundation

Richard L. Sprott, PhD

March 18, 2008


Topic Unknown

Henry L. Paulson, MD, PhD

February 12, 2009


The Path Toward a High Value Health Care System

L. Gregory Pawlson, MD, MPH

February 17, 2009


The Presymptomatic Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease Using Imaging and CSF Biomarkers

Mony J. De Leon, PhD

February 26, 2009


The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society

John (Jack) W. Rowe, MD

April 1, 2009


Parkinson's Diseases: Looking Forward to Tomorrow's Therapies

Ted Dawson, MD, PhD

April 9, 2009


Genetic and Environmental Influences on Health and Mental Health in Older African Americans

Keith E. Whitfield, PhD

April 16, 2009


Selective autophagy and aging: Regulated cleaning and refueling

Ana Maria Cuervo, MD, PhD

April 30, 2009


Mixed Pathology and Neural Reserve: Implications for the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease

David A. Bennett, MD

May 7, 2009



Funding Opportunities from the Ellison Medical Foundation

Richard L. Sprott, PhD

March 18, 2008


Translational Research in Lewy Body Disorders Symposium

April 29, 2008


Of Birds and Man - Speculations on the Basal Ganglia

Anne B. Young, MD, PhD

May 1, 2008


What's New in Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Ronald C. Petersen, MD, PhD

June 12, 2008


We Need to Do Something: An Alzheimer's Action Plan to Help Families Through Key Decisions

Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW

July 22, 2008


Experimental Therapeutics in Pre-Manifest Huntington's Disease

Ira Shoulson, MD

October 18, 2008


Dementia and Cognitive Impairment: New Complications of Diabetes?

Lenore J. Launer, PhD

October 30, 2008


Facing the End of Life as a Hospital Patient: Spiritual Care Needs and Opportunities

Christina M. Puchalski, MD

December 3, 2008



Novel body composition and biochemical markers of obesity-related risk for older person

Tamara B. Harris, MD, MS

February 21, 2007


Converging Lines of Evidence in Comparative Models of Aging – Exploring Human Animal Intersections

March 8, 2007


Penn Panel #1: Convergence of Medicine and Nursing Research

Panel Participants: Jerry Johnson, MD; Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN, FAAN; Deanna Grey-Miceli, DNSc, FAANP

March 22, 2007


Leadership, Politics and the New Aging: Implications for the Emerging Latino Majority

Fernando Torres-Gil, PhD

March 28, 2007


Prevention of Cognitive Impairment: Promising Directions in 2007

Kristine Yaffe, MD

April 11, 2007


Penn Panel #2: Convergence of Medicine and Nursing Research

Panel Participants: C. William Schwab, MD; Therese Richmond, PhD, FAAN, CRNP; Mary Ann Forciea, MD; Douglas J. Weibe, PhD

April 12, 2007


A Critical Perspective on Social Security Privatization

Carroll L. Estes, PhD

April 18, 2007


Helping the Most Vulnerable: Emergency Preparedness, Older Adult and Health Disparities

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA

June 7, 2007


Measuring the Impact of State Policy Changes on Nursing Home Quality

Vincent Mor, MD, PhD

October 25, 2007


Opportunities for Translational Research

Evan C. Hadley, MD

November 7, 2007



Deciphering Exceptional Longevity: What We've Learned from the New England Centenarian Study
Thomas Perls, MD, MPH
January 12, 2006

Windows of Opportunity for Improving Transitional Care: Time for a Plan

Eric Coleman, MD, MPH

February 2, 2006


Creativity in Dementia: Portraits of Artists

Bruce L. Miller, MD

March 1, 2006


Toward a New Paradigm for Gerontological Education, Practice, and Research: Multigenerational Health, Development and Equality

Nancy Hooymna, PhD

March 23, 2006


T cell replicative senescense and bone homeostatus: lessons from aging and HIV disease

Rita Effros, PhD

March 27, 2006


Race, The Life-Course, & Health Disparities

James S. Jackson, PhD

April 20, 2006


The Mature Mind: The Potential for Creative Expression and Psychological Growth with Aging

Gene Cohen, MD, PhD

September 21, 2006


Topic: Older adult morality and BMI

Gabriel M. Leung, MD, MPH

October 9, 2006


New Research Directions in Delirium

Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH

October 11, 2006


Funding mechanisms and opportunities at the NIA and NIH

Felipe Sierra, PhD

October 30, 2006



When I Get Older, Losing My Hair: The Family as Provider of Last Resort

Patricia G. Archbold, RN, DNSc, FAAN

February 3, 2005


The Arts & Science of Anti-Aging Therapies: Convergence of Theory and Practice

March 18-19, 2005


Medicare Matters: Healthcare, Aging, and the Social Contract

Christine Cassel, MD

April 7, 2005


The Brave New World of Healthcare

Governor Richard D. Lamm

May 3, 2005


Mild Cognitive Impairment: What Is It and Can We Treat It?

Leon J. Thal, MD

May 23, 2005


Food for Thought: Dietary Modification of Brain Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders

Mark Mattson, PhD

September 7, 2005


Alzheimer's Disease: The Care Trajectory as Developmental Processes

Geri R. Hall, PhD, ARNP, CS, FAAN

October 6, 2005



Translational Research in Nursing: Sleep, Body Temperature and Hemodialysis

Kathy P. Parker, RN, CS, PhD

September 30, 2004


The Mind in the Hand

Robert Storr, MFA

December 2, 2004

Pignolo Award in Aging Research Archive

Find more information on the Pignolo Award in Aging Research here.

2014 Joseph A. Pignolo Award in Aging Research
Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
November 24, 2014
Smilow Translational Research Center
2:30 - 4:00 PM

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On Monday, November 24, 2014, the Institute on Aging (IOA) hosted their annual Joseph A. Pignolo, Sr. Award in Aging Research at the Smilow Center for Translational Research. This year's awardee was Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD, Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY. Upon accepting his award, Dr. Cai joined the IOA at the University of Pennsylvania to present a lecture on "hypothalamic micro-inflammation: a common cause of aging and metabolic syndrome."

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2013 Joseph A. Pignolo Award in Aging Research
Promise and Pitfalls of Targeting mTOR Signaling
Joseph A. Baur, PhD
November 20, 2013

2012 Joseph A. Pignolo Award in Aging Research
Darren J. Baker, PhD

2010 Joseph A. Pignolo Award in Aging Research
Richard A. Miller, MD, PhD
September 21, 2010

Cristofalo Annual Lectureship Archive

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2014 Vincent J. Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
Alfred L. Goldberg, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
February 4, 2015
Smilow Translational Research Center
3:30 - 5:30 PM

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On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, the Institute on Aging hosted its 2014 Vincent J. Cristofalo Annual Lectureship (originally scheduled for December 11, 2014). This year’s keynote speaker was Alfred L. Goldberg, PhD, professor of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School. During his lecture on “New Insights into Proteasome Function: From Destroying Misfolded Proteins to Disease Therapy,” Dr. Goldberg discussed his lab’s new advances in the elimination of damaged proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as the new developments that suggest new approaches to treating such diseases.

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2013 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"Towards Productive Aging: The Systemic Regulatory Network for Mammalian Aging and Longevity"
Shin-ichiro Imai, MD, PhD
October 15, 2013

2012 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"Understanding Aging Through Conserved Longevity Pathways"
Matt Kaeberlein, PhD
October 18, 2012

2011 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"The Biodemography of Longevity"
James W. Vaupel, PhD
September 12, 2011

2010 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"Telomerase and the Consequences of Telomere Dysfunction"
Carol W. Greider, PhD
October 19, 2010

2009 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"Finding Genes and Medicines That Extend Healthy Lifespans"
David A. Sinclair, PhD
November 12, 2009

2008 Cristofalo Annual Lectureship
"Cellular Senescence Links the Rival Demons of Cancer and Aging"
Judith Campisi, PhD
November 11, 2008

Inaugural Vincent J. Cristofalo, PhD, Annual Lectureship
Steven Austad, PhD
November 27, 2007

Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat Archive

Find more information on the Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat here.

2014 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat & Poster Session

The Gender Gap in Aging & The 21st Century Longevity Revolution

May 14, 2014
Smilow Center for Translational Research

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The 2014 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat & Poster Session was held on May 14 in the Smilow Translational Research Center, attached to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (3400 Civic Center Boulevard) here on Penn's campus. The IOA partnered with the Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health and Medicine to present the 2014 retreat, with its focus on "The Gender Gap in Aging & The 21st Century Longevity Revolution."
Speakers included:
Susan M. Resnick, PhD, Cheif, Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, NIA
C. Neill Epperson, MD, Co-Director, Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health and Medicine
Tracy L. Bale, PhD, Co-Director, Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health and Medicine

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The Poster Session

The annual Poster Session is open to all who wish to participate. Poster winners are selected from each category: Basic Science, Clinical Research, and Education & Community. Categories may be combined for judging depending on the number of posters submitted.

Poster Session Winners

Winners for the 2014 Poster Session are as follows:

  • Basic Science
    • First Place: "A Telephone-based Intervention for Chronic Pain in Older Adults Enrolled in a Behavioral Health Care Management Program" Presented by: J. Zimmerman
    • Second Place: "Penetrating Torso Injuries in an Elderly Population: An Urban Trauma Center’s Experience"  Presented by: Dane Scantling
  • Clinical Research
    • First Place: "Defining Kapß2 as a Protein Disaggregase for ALS Disease Protein: FUS"   Presented by: Lin Guo
    • Second Place: "MMP-9 in Subsets of Spinal Motor Neurons Drives Loss of Fast Muscle Innervation in ALS"   Presented by: Krista Spiller

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2013: Protecting the Genome in the Longevity Revolution: Cancer and Aging
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Norman E. Sharpless, MD
May 22, 2013
Opening Remarks and Dr. Ned Sharpless' presentation (MP4 file)
Dr. Shelley Berger and Dr. Brad Johnson (MP4 File)
Dr. Eric Brown and Dr. Doug Wallace (MP4 File)

2012: Behavioral Economics and Health for an Aging Population
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH
May 15, 2012

2011: New Prospects for Healthy Vision Across the Lifespan
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD
May 17, 2011

2010: Structurally Sound: Bone Health and Aging
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Clifford J. Rosen, MD
April 28, 2010

2009: The Interface of the Aging Brain and Metabolic Disorders
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Bruce Yankner, MD, MPH
May 12, 2009

2008 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging
Marcelle Morrison-Bogorad, PhD; Marilyn Albert, PhD; Carl Cotman, PhD; Hugh Hendrie, MB, ChB, DSc
May 6, 2008

2007 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging
Rosemary A. Stevens, PhD, MPH
May 8, 2007

2006 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Richard J. Hodes, MD
May 4, 2006

2005 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging
Sylvan M. Cohen Visiting Scholar: Majd Alwan, PD
June 8, 2005

IOA's 25th Anniversary and Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat 2004
May 25, 2004