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GSA 2021: Catalyzing connections to the gerontology community

Melinda Kelley, Ph.D.
Melinda KELLEY,
Assoc. Dir. for Scientific Strategy, Innovation, and Management,
Office of the Director (OD)

It’s once again time for the aging research community to participate in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting! This year’s event, titled Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the “New Normal,” will be held virtually Nov. 10-13.

The event will again feature a broad range of scientists from diverse fields in a dialogue geared toward expanded collaboration and inspiration to tackle urgent challenges in aging research, caregiving, and supports for older adults. Check out the meeting program to learn how to connect with NIA staff who can answer questions about our latest funding opportunities and connect you with resources for emerging researchers.

Don’t miss these key NIA sessions!

Together we can continue to respond in thoughtful and creative ways to the evolving aging health landscape. Join NIA staff at the sessions listed below. Please be aware that dates and times are subject to change, so be sure to check the GSA 2021 website for the latest updates.

Wednesday, Nov. 10

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET
Half Day Pre-Conference Workshop:
Pre-Meeting Symposium on Inter-Organelle Communication in the Regulation of Aging and Longevity

Organized by Viviana Perez, Ph.D. and Yih-Woei Fridell, Ph.D. of the Division of Aging Biology.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Half Day Pre-Conference Workshop:
Analyzing Longitudinal Aging Studies Within an Interoperability Environment: The NACDA Data Portal

Featuring John Phillips, Ph.D., chief of the Population and Social Processes Branch of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

2:30 – 4 p.m. ET
“Stress, Cognition and Minority Health" Symposium

Melissa Gerald, Ph.D., of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research, will discuss the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program.

Thursday, Nov. 11

2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
NIA Priorities on Emotional Well-Being

Janine Simmons, M.D., Ph.D., of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research, will present as part of the symposium “NEW Brain Aging Center.”

5 – 6:30 p.m. ET
GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization (ESPO) and Butler-Williams Scientific Symposium: Disrupting Health Disparities and Transforming Care of Older Adults

This scientific panel will highlight aging research led by Butler-Williams Scholars Program alumni. Patricia Jones, Dr.P.H., director of the Office of Special Populations, will serve as the symposium chair.

Friday, Nov. 12

10 – 11:30 a.m. ET
A Chat With NIA Senior Leadership

I will chair this panel discussion on NIA’s current and future research priorities and the funding and budget landscape for aging research along with NIA senior leaders, including NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Evan Hadley, M.D., Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D., Eliezer Masliah, M.D., Lis Nielsen, Ph.D., Patricia Jones, Dr.P.H., and Kenneth Santora, Ph.D.

12 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Challenges of Implementing the PRISM 2.0 Trial for Supporting Social Connectivity Through Technology

Featuring Dana Plude, Ph.D., deputy director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

12 – 1:30 p.m. ET
NIA Session for Early-Career Researchers

I will also chair this second symposium designed to provide junior faculty and emerging scholars with an overview of NIA’s structure, mission, and research foci, as well as our latest training and career development grants and resources. Richard J. Hodes, M.D., will open the session with an introduction to NIA, and Kenneth Santora, Ph.D., director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities, will discuss training and career development opportunities for early-stage investigators in aging research, highlighting the importance of diversity in the scientific workforce.

2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
Health Disparities Research With NIA

NIA staff will provide an update on NIA’s diverse and growing efforts in funding health disparities research, highlighting key priority areas and strategic directions for this important field.

Saturday, Nov. 13

2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
The Hallmarks of Aging: Leveraging on Their Interactions

Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D., director of the Division of Aging Biology, will co-chair this session on the growing number of hallmarks of aging and important research to uncover their roles.

6 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Novel Genetic and Cognitive Findings From the Long Life Family Study

Evan Hadley, M.D., director of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, will be part of the panel discussion on this important study of exceptionally long-lived families in the United States and Denmark.

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