Summit on Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease
October 30-31, 2013
Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda MD
Free, but registration required www.geron.org/gerosciencesummit
The Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) is focused on identifying innovative approaches to better understand the relationships between the biological processes of aging and age-related chronic diseases and disabilities. Researchers in the biology of aging study the underlying molecular and cellular processes of aging, with a goal of using this knowledge to decrease the occurrence and severity of chronic disease and maximize health across the life span. This approach emerges from the simple fact that aging is itself the major risk factor for the majority of chronic diseases. Until recently the biological processes of aging were viewed as irreversible. However, current research suggests otherwise, raising the hope that there might be ways to capitalize on these discoveries to improve health as the population ages. These considerations led members of the GSIG to organize a summit that brings together leading researchers who study diverse molecular and cellular process in the biology of aging with leaders who study these same processes in the contexts of specific diseases. The goals of the summit are to find intersections among the biological pathways of aging and the multiple chronic diseases and conditions of aging, to promote these as fulcra on which to leverage new research on aging as the major risk factor for chronic disease, and – ultimately – to envision new ways to facilitate the translation of these findings into better health for the aging population.
The Summit will be opened by Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH. A Keynote Session will set the stage with three talks covering frailty and disease in the elderly, an overview of the global burden of disease, and a status report on the current research in the biology of aging. Seven Scientific Sessions will each use short thematic talks to open discussions on the interplay between specific aspects of the biology of aging and chronic diseases. Those sessions, the speakers and the topics for discussion are listed on the Summit Agenda.
The Summit will be held October 30 -31, 2013 in the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD. The Summit is open to the public and is free of charge. For organizational purposes, registration is required. In order to register, please visit www.geron.org/gerosciencesummit at the Gerontological Society of America. (You do not need to be a member of the Gerontological Society of America to register or attend the Summit. Simply go to the “Click here” link under ‘Registration’.) We hope you will be able to attend this important meeting.
Learn more about the summit on the National Institute on Aging website.