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Over $49K raised at Penn Medicine's 12th Annual 5K for the IOA & Memory Mile Walk!

By Nicolette Calcavecchia

collagePenn Medicine hosted its 12th annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk on Sunday, October 1, 2023. 221 runners and walkers experienced a brand new course this year, starting and ending in Penn’s renowned Franklin Field.

Over $49,355 was raised for Alzheimer’s and aging-related research and care at Penn’s Institute on Aging. Thank you to all of our participants, donors, sponsors, volunteers and organizers for another successful year!


View the race results here.

View all of the event photos here.


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Old Bones and Second Skeletons: An IOA Visiting Scholar Series lecture by Bob Pignolo, MD, PhD

By Nicolette Calcavecchia

Before moving to Mayo Clinic to assume the position of Chair of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Robert Pignolo, MD, spent many years at Penn. His PhD thesis was in the lab of Vincent Cristofalo, the founder of the Center for the Study of Aging which is now the Institute on Aging (IOA), followed by medical school, a fellowship, and eventually his first appointment in Geriatrics at Penn Medicine.

Dr. Pignolo’s current research – which he presented during his IOA Visiting Scholar Series lecture “Old Bones and Second Skeletons” -- focuses on bone biology and understanding the mechanisms underlying skeletal aging.…

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Interning at the IOA: Joey Dupree shares his experience helping build the IOA Members Research Database and grant writing

By Nicolette Calcavecchia

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Joey Dupree, IOA Intern
Student at St. Joseph’s University
Neuroscience Major, Pharmacology Minor 

Joey Dupree joined the IOA as an intern after his time participating in the Penn Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s (ADRC) Summer Training in Aging Research (STAR) Program and interning with Penn Memory Center. So far during his time at the IOA, Joey has played an integral role in moving several projects along including the monthly e-newsletter’s IOA Members Spotlight and building the IOA Members Research Database, a comprehensive list of all IOA members including their name, division(s), research interests, and faculty page link aimed at fostering…

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Penn experts in neurodegenerative diseases at ANA’s 148th Annual Meeting

By Collaborative Communications Group

University of Pennsylvania clinicians and researchers who specialize in neurodegenerative diseases had a substantial presence at this year's American Neurological Association (ANA) Annual Meeting, which took place September 9-12, in Philadelphia, PA.

Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, FANA, professor and vice chair for Inclusion and Diversity in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, received the Audrey S. Penn Lectureship Award for his work promoting health equity in the field of neurology.

Three Penn researchers, Defne Amado, MD, PhD; George Kannarkat, MD, PhD; and Daniel T Ohm, PhD; were recognized as ANA Emerging Scholar Speakers, early-career researchers who are…

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The Science of Aging: An IOA Newsletter | Fall 2023 Edition

By Nicolette Calcavecchia

The Science of Aging: An IOA Newsletter, Fall 2023 Edition | DIGITAL VERSION


Download the PDF here.

TRIM11: A promising target for developing Alzheimer’s Disease treatment

Penn Medicine researchers…

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