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San Francisco, here we come ... to attend IAGG

Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie A. BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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We’re looking forward to the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017 World Congress on July 23–27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. IAGG is the largest worldwide meeting on aging, with more than 6,000 professionals in health and aging expected to attend. It is an important signal of the vitality in our field.

Scientific staff from NIA will be participating in several sessions over the course of the meeting. I’d like to highlight a handful of sessions that you may be particularly interested in, and where you’ll be able to catch up with NIA staff.

Sunday

Biomarkers of Human Aging

11:00 am-12:30 pm

Dr. Ronald Kohanski of the Division of Aging Biology will moderate this session, which will address questions about biomarkers of aging as they relate to the geroscience hypothesis.

Monday

Keynote Symposium: Genes, Environment, and Behaviors That Predict Healthy Longevity

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Three speakers will address factors that affect healthy longevity from complementary perspectives. NIA Scientific Director Dr. Luigi Ferrucci will use the geroscience paradigm to propose that the biology of aging is at the root of both chronic disease and aging phenotypes.

Early Career Scientist Opportunities—U.S. National Institute on Aging, NIH

4:00 – 5:30 pm

This symposium for junior faculty and emerging scholars will provide an update on the latest research findings from the NIA, with a brief update on funding opportunities available to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Participants will be able to consult individually with NIA staff, including speakers Drs. Marie Bernard, Robin Barr, Basil Eldadah, John Haaga, Eliezer Masliah, and Felipe Sierra.

U.S. National Institute on Aging Symposium for Established Researchers—A Chat with Senior Leadership

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

This symposium will explore the implications of NIA’s recent budget increases for Alzheimer’s disease and the general research community, including support of research developed by non-U.S. citizens. NIA’s senior staff—Drs. Marie Bernard, Robin Barr, John Haaga, Evan Hadley, Eliezer Masliah, and Felipe Sierra—will discuss research priorities and programs supported by the Institute. A question-and-answer session will follow remarks on current funding, future priorities, and research directions of NIA.

Tuesday

Keynote Symposium: Emerging Issues in Mobility and Aging

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Mobility has recently emerged as a fundamental indicator of health during aging. What is known, where are the most important gaps in knowledge, and what are the highest impact opportunities for future work? Dr. Stephanie Studenski of NIA’s Intramural Research Program will highlight landmark contributions to the field and recent advances, then propose key gaps in knowledge and fruitful directions for the future.

The Pathway to Independent Research: Tips and Training Opportunities – Networking for Butler-Williams Scholars

5:30-6:30 p.m.

In this session, sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization and NIA’s Office of Special Populations, a panel of early-career researchers will offer guidance on the pathway to independence for advanced doctoral students, transitional members, and junior research faculty. All are alumni of the NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program, an NIA training program which provides emerging scholars with the tools and resources to develop successful research grants. NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard will provide introductory remarks for this informal networking event. Conversations with Butler-Williams alumni, potential applicants, and NIA program staff will follow the panel presentations.

Thursday

Beyond Performance Measures: Novel Information from Accelerometry for Function

8:00 –9:30 a.m.

Dr. Tamara Harris of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science will chair this symposium, which will highlight novel information derived from accelerometers and compare it with routinely available self-report or performance measures.

Insights into the Key Role of Physical Activity and Exercise on Successful Aging in Older Adults

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Eleanor Simonsick of the Translational Gerontology Branch in NIA’s Intramural Research Program will discuss “Vigorous Activity and Habitual Walking for Preserving Low Fatigability in the BLSA” during this panel presentation. She will describe the differences in fatigability found in older adults who engaged in progressively vigorous physical activity or regular walking.

Measuring Physical Resilience in Older Adults: Trajectory, Phenotype, and Age Discrepancy Approaches

12:00 –1:30 p.m.

Using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, Dr. Stephanie Studenski will discuss “Resilience, Reserve, and Physical Performance,” providing examples of the benefits and limitations of tests of resilience and reserve.

Check out the NIA exhibit!

Please make sure to stop by the NIA exhibit in Booth #318. The Exhibit Hall opens with the welcome reception on Sunday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. NIA staff will also be at the booth on Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Check out the most recent publications for consumers and research information from NIA. Congenial staff will be on hand to answer your questions about NIA funding, outreach opportunities, and more.