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2018 Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging Annual Meeting

Dec 11

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From November 1-4, AFAR hosted the Annual Meeting of the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) Program. Over 100 current and former Beeson Scholars, mentors, and foundation supporters gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina to discuss research progress, share research findings, and strengthen scholarship and leadership.

Scholars participate in speed networking with fellow attendees at the 2018 Beeson Scholars Meeting.

The meeting began with a Keynote Address by Scott Small, MD, Boris and Rose Katz Professor of Neurology, Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Columbia University Medical School and 2000 Beeson Scholar, entitled, “Regional Vulnerability as a Key to Alzheimer’s Disease versus Cognitive Aging.” Over the next two days, the meeting featured presentations by graduating Scholars. Current and alumni Scholars also shared their research through a poster session and Data Blitz presentations. In addition, there were informational sessions and panels held on planning for future funding, developing effective presentations, and Alzheimer’s and dementia-related research for non-dementia researchers.

2000 Beeson Scholar Scott Small, MD giving the keynote address at the 2018 Beeson Meeting.

Beyond scientific exchange, the Annual Beeson Meeting fosters a collaborative network that supports the Scholars’ lasting career development, as emphasized by a phrase heard often throughout the meeting, “Once a Beeson, Always a Beeson.” In our 2018 Beeson Annual Report, Robin Barr, DPhil, director of the NIA Division of Extramural activities, said: “The annual meeting is an extraordinary opportunity for an outstanding group of scholars to meet each other and discuss their research in the company of mentors and NIA staff. It has repeatedly resulted in cross-disciplinary collaborations and new ideas being translated into exciting research. The atmosphere generated by a common determination to advance the field of aging and geriatrics to improve the health and well-being of older Americans is stimulating, invigorating, and just plain fun.”

To learn more about the Annual Beeson Meeting and the range of research this program supports, read the 2018 Beeson Report featuring the 2016 Beeson Scholars here.

The Paul B. Beeson Program is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Between sessions, 2005 Beeson Scholar Malaz Boustani, MD (center) connects with 2018 Beeson Scholar Kathryn Callahan, MD (right) and her mentor Jeff Williamson, MD.

Scholars participate in a breakout session on applying for NIA R awards.