Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat 2015
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Institute on Aging hosted their Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat. The event, which took place from 11:30am-5:00pm in the Smilow Center for Translational Research at the University of Pennsylvania, consisted of lunch, lectures, a reception and a poster session.
This year, the IOA welcomed several outside speakers, ranging from financial experts to medical professionals. Their presentations discussed a variety of topics on adult protective services, financial security, and financial exploitation and abuse in the aging community. For the full list of speakers and their presentations, download the event’s agenda here.
Reception and Poster Session
Immediately following the lectures, guests were welcomed back into the Smilow Center lobby for the event’s reception and poster session. The poster session, a popular feature of the retreat, invites University of Pennsylvania affiliates and colleagues from around the Philadelphia area to present their aging-related research, educational activities and services and compete for a “best poster” prize. First and second prize winners were chosen based on the following categories: Basic Science, Clinical Research, and Education and Community.
Basic Science – 1st Place:
Studying Alpha-synuclein Misfolding through Forster Resonance Energy
Presented by: John Ferrie
Authors: John Ferrie, Conor Haney, Rebecca Wissner, and E. James Petersson
Basic Science – 2nd Place:
Prepubertal Adversity can Produce Resistance to Cognitive Decline and Associated White Matter Changes
Presented by: Kathleen E. Morrison
Authors: Kathleen E. Morrison, Sneha Marasimhan, Tracy L. Bale
Clinical Research – 1st Place:
Neuropsychological Functioning in the Acute and Remitted States of Late-life Depression
Presented by: Aaron M. Koenig
Authors: Aaron M. Koenig, Isaac J. DeLozier, Michelle D. Zmuda, Megan M. Marron, Amy E. Begley, Stewart J. Anderson, Charles F. Reynolds, Steven E. Arnold, James T. Becker, Meryl A. Butters
Clinical Research – 2nd Place:
Evaluation of a Telephone Dementia Care Management Program for Caregivers of Community Dwelling Older Adults
Presented by: Amy Benson
Authors: Shahrzad Mavandadi, Amy Benson, Kristen Foust, Suzanne DiFilippo, Joel Streim, David Oslin, Tom Snedden
Education & Community – 1st Place
Silver Dollars: How a Senior Center is Helping Older Adults Avert Housing and Financial Crises
Presented by: Megan C. McCoy, MSS, MLSP
Authors: Megan C. McCoy, MSS, MLSP
In light of the recent IOM report on cognitive aging, this year’s retreat was especially popular, bringing in nearly 160 attendees and receiving media coverage from the Philadelphia Inquirer and WHYY.
Check out some footage from the event and hear from IOA Director, John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD, as well as retreat attendees and poster presenters, including Clinical Research 2nd Prize winner, Amy Benson:
The 2015 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat was co-sponsored by the Penn ADCC Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core, Penn Healthy Brain Research Network, Penn Neurodegenerative Disease Ethics and Policy Program, and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.
To view the full lectures from this event, click here.
To view more photos from the event, click here.
To view Dr. Jason Karlawish’s video interview on the recent IOM report on cognitive aging, click here.