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Institute on Aging

Visiting Scholars Series

Join the IOA for another academic year of discussions on aging that address basic and clinical research, social services and issues, public policy, and more.

The Visiting Scholars Series is open to the Penn community, the public, and those who are interested in aging - unless otherwise noted. Kindly register to attend by visiting our registration page, emailing the IOA at aging@mail.med.upenn.edu, or by calling 215-898-7801.


Vincent J. Cristofalo Lectureship
"Local and systemic regulators of tissue aging"

Amy Wagers, PhD
  • Forst Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University; HHMI Early Career Investigator; Senior Investigator, Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology, Joslin Diabetes Center

October 26, 2015
Location: Biomedical Research Building (BRB) Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
Lecture begins at 3:00pm | Reception begins at 4:00pm.


"Comparative effectiveness research on home-and-community based practices"

Christopher M. Murtaugh, PhD
  • Associate Director at the Center for Home Care Policy and Research; Visitng Nurse Service of New York

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Location: Jordan Medical Education Center Auditorium
Time: 3:00 - 4:00PM
The Jordan Medical Education Center is located in the Smilow Center for Translation Research, adjacent to the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM).


"Activating and remodeling dysfunctional brain circuits using Deep Brain Stimulation in Alzheimer's disease"

Andres M. Lozano, MD, PhD, FRCSC, BMedSci
  • Senior Scientist, Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI)

November 17, 2015
Location: Biomedical Research Building (BRB) Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 3:00 - 4:00PM


"Interventions Targeting Fundamental Aging Processes: The Path to Translation"

James L. Kirkland, MD, PhD
  • Director, Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging; Mayo Clinic - General Internal Medicine Department

January 5, 2016
Location: Smilow Center | Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 2:00 - 3:00PM


"Innovative Approaches to Research on Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Designing and Implementing Large-scale Studies" 

Fran Grodstein, ScD
  • Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital at the Harvard Medical School

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Location: Smilow Center | Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 3:00 - 4:00PM


Pignolo Award in Aging Research
"REST and Stress Resistance in Aging and Alzheimer's Research"

Bruce A. Yankner, MD, PhD
  • Co-director, Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging; Professor of Genetics and Neurology at the Harvard Medical School

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Location: Smilow Center | Arthur H. Rubenstein Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 3:00 - 4:00PM (lecture)
A reception will be held prior to the lecture, starting at 2:30pm.


"The Epigenetic Clock and Biological Age"

Steve Horvath, PhD, ScD

  • Department of Human Genetics, Gonda Research Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

April 12, 2016
Location: Biomedical Research Building (BRB) Auditorium & Lobby
Time: 3:00 - 4:00PM


* Topics are tentative. Please check back closer to event date for confirmed talk title.

* Online registration will open no earlier than one month prior to the date.

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