On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the Institute on Aging (IOA) hosted its 2018 Mary and Joseph Pignolo Lectureship with keynote speaker Christopher A. Walsh, MD, PhD.
Dr. Walsh is Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology and an Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses heavily on the development and function of the human cerebral cortex, pioneering the analysis of genetic diseases that affect the developing brain. For this lectureship, Dr. Walsh’s talk covered the topic of “Somatic Mutations in Single Human Neurons Across Development, Aging and Neurodegeneration.”
The Mary and Joseph Pignolo Lectureship award is given out as part of the IOA Visiting Scholar Series to annually recognize an outstanding contribution to the field of biogerontology. Created by geriatrician and gerontologist Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D. in honor of his mother and father, award recipients will be invited to give a lecture highlighting their work in basic aging research and will receive a prize to recognize their exceptional contributions.