Webinar: COVID-19:  Can the Science of Aging  move us Forward

Mar 24

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1 pm EDT


Can the Science of Aging
Move Us Forward?

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
1pm EDT


As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the nation and the world, the role that geroscience may play in boosting immunity in older adults and lessening the severity of age-related diseases holds promise.

Older adults and people with serious medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Immune function declines as we age, but research has shown that these aging processes can be targeted.

Drug interventions that target the biology of aging are known as geroprotectors and show promise for sustaining and protecting the function of aging organ systems including the immune system. Accelerating the developments of geroprotectors that improve immune function may decrease the risk COVID-19 in older adults.

Hosted by the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the goal of this webinar was to familiarize health and research professionals and media on the promise of geroprotectors to sustain older adults’ immune health, in the wake of the Coronavirus.

Featuring experts in biomedical research, clinical care, and epidemiology, this webinar:

  • Provided an epidemiological update on the Coronavirus in older adult and explained special health care considerations for older adults
  • Connected how the biological processes of aging influence immune decline and risk of infections, and how the decline in immune function with age can be diminished through geroprotectors that target the biology of aging
  • Presented the latest information on promising geroprotectors, including metformin and mTOR inhibitors

Q&A with presenters followed.


Sean Leng, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
2006 AFAR Beeson Scholar

Nir Barzilai, MD

AFAR Scientific Director
Director, Institute for Aging Research,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

George Kuchel, MD, FRCP, AGSF

Travelers Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology
Professor of Medicine
Director, UConn Center on Aging
Chief of Geriatric Medicine,
UConn Health

Joan Mannick, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer,


Watch presentation clips on COVID-19 and Older Adults' Immune Health, Fraility, and the Promise of Geroprotectors here.

Download the presenter slides here.