“The Gender Gap in Aging & the 21st Century Longevity Revolution”
This year the Institute on Aging’s Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat was held on Wednesday, May 14 in the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Its focus was on the cognitive differences between aging men and women and our growing efforts toward sustaining longevity.
To tackle these topics, the IOA partnered with the Penn Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health and Medicine. The IOA was delighted to welcome Co-Directors, C. Neill Epperson, MD, and Tracy L. Bale, PhD, as well as visiting scholar Susan M. Resnick, PhD, Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, NIH as presenters.
Lectures covered different cognitive aspects of the aging process, contributing stress factors, and how these factors differ between men and women. The Retreat concluded with the IOA’s annual Poster Session, ranging in a variety of topics in basic science, clinical research, and education & community.
Over 45 posters, submitted by Penn affiliates as well as from other area colleagues, universities, and community groups were displayed throughout the lobby of the Smilow Center. After thorough review and deliberation from our judges, first and second prizes were awarded to the best poster submissions in two separate categories; basic science and clinical research/education & community.
POSTER SESSION WINNERS
1ST PRIZE – CLINICAL RESEARCH/EDUCATION & COMMUNITY:
“A Telephone-based Intervention for Chronic Pain in Older Adults Enrolled in a Behavioral Health Care Management Program”
By: J. Zimmerman, J. Haratz, S. Leong, A. Helstrom, A. Benson, S. DiFilippo, J.E. Streim, D.W. Oslin
2nd PRIZE – CLINICAL RESEARCH/EDUCATION & COMMUNITY:
“Penetrating Torso Injuries in an Elderly Population: An Urban Trauma Center’s Experience”
By: D. Scantling, K. Delgado, D. Holena, J. Pascual, P. Reilly, S. Allen
1st PRIZE – BASIC SCIENCE:
“Defining Kapβ2 as a Protein Disaggregase for ALS Disease Protein: FUS”
By: L. Guo, H. Wang, N. Singh, J. Shorter
2nd PRIZE – BASIC SCIENCE:
“MMP-9 in Subsets of Spinal Motor Neurons Drives Loss of Fat Muscle Innervation in ALS”
By: K. Spiller, A. Kaplan, C. Towne, K.C. Kanning, P. Aebisher, C.E. Henderson