Funded Presentations

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Funded Presentations


Dr. Nir Barzilai, MD – Topic:  Genetic Epigenetic, Inflammatory and Metabolic Origins of Aging. Gordon Research Conference on the Biology of Aging,  Ventura, CA, February 12 – 17, 2012.

Grace E. Stutzmann, Ph.D. – Topic: Early Disruptions in Neuronal Calcium Signaling Alter Synaptic Homeostasis in Alzheimer’s Disease.  43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Neurochemistry, Baltimore, MD, March 4 – 7, 2012.

F. Brad Johnson, MD, PhD – Topic:  The Mechanisms Underlying Changes in Gene Expression in Senescent Cells. Telomeres and the DNA Damage Response meeting sponsored by the European Molecular Biology Organization, Isle sur la Sorque, France, October 2-6, 2012.

Fabio Demontis, PhD –  Topic: Global in vivo RNAi Screening in Drosophila Identifies Novel Transciptional Regulators of Autophagy and Age-Related Muscle Dysfunction.  2012 Annual Meeting of The American Society for Cell Biology, San Francisco, CA, December
15 – 19, 2012.


Ayotunde S. Adeagbo, PhD – Topic: Innovations in Biomedical Sciences Education in Nigeria: Prospects & Challenges. The 11th Annual Scientific Conference & General Meeting of the Nigerian Society of Experimental Biology in Lagos, Nigeria, March 28 – 31, 2011.

Dr. Reisa Sperling – Topic: Cognitive Aging: From Bench to Bedside. The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 9 – 16 2011.

Grace E. Stutzmann, Ph.D. – Topic: Mechanisms of Synaptic Dysfunction in Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease. The 5th Meeting on Synapses: From Molecules to Circuits & Behavior, April 12-16, 2011.

Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH – Topic: Older Adults and At-Risk Alcohol Use: New Research on Prevalence, Predictors and Interventions for Research Society on Alcoholism. Research Society on Alcoholism 34th AnnualScientific Meeting 2011 in Atlanta, GA, June 25-29, 2011.

Antonio Barrientos, PhD – FASEB Meeting on Mitochondrial Assembly in Health, Disease and Aging.  Steamboat Springs, CO, July 17-22, 2011.  The award will be used to give fellowships to young students and postdocs and, if any funds remain, to cover some expenses of the invited speakers.

Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD – Topic: Peripheral Neuropathy – Discovery of Small-fiber Polyneuropathy that Causes Chronic Pain.”  The 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association.  San Diego, CA, September 25 – 28, 2011.

Holly Van Remmen, PhD – 2011 Nathan Shock Center Conference on  “Inflammation in Aging and Aging-Related Disease”.  Banderas, TX, October 13-16, 2011.  The award will be used to offset travel, lodging and conference related expenses for conference speakers.


Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander – Topic: A New Treatment for Neuropathic Pain – Use of Botulinum Toxin Injections. The Annual Meeting of American Academy of Neurology in Toronto, Canada, April 10-17, 2010.

Audrey Gordon, Esq. - $1,500 to be used to offset expenses incurred for two speakers to attend the 2010 PRF Workshop on Progeria, From Bench to Bedside in a Decade, to be held April 11-14, 2010 in Boston, MA.

Dr. Daniel Goldstein, - Topic: Age-Dependent Changes of the Alloimmune Response. The American Transplant Congress, 2010 in San Diego, CA, May 1-4, 2010.

Dr. Anne R. Cappola- Topic: Endocrinology of Frailty. The Endocrine Society 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, June 19-22, 2010.

Dr. Domenico Pratico – Topic: Thromboxane Receptor, Aging, Oxidative Stress and Atherosclerosis. The 15th World Congress on Heart Disease, in Vancouver, Canada, July 24-27, 2010.

Dr. Susmita Kaushik – AFAR will award the 2010 Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar on Biology of Aging to be held August 21-22, 2010 in Les Diablerets, Switzerland a $2,000 travel award to be cover travel costs and registration fees for junior participants.


Michael Schwarzchild, MD, PhD – Topic: The Impact of Purines on Parkinson’s: Adenosine, Carreine & Urate. The 42nd Winter Conference on Brain Research in Copper Mountain, CO, January 24-30, 2009.

Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D. – AFAR will award the 2009 Oxidative Stress and Disease Gordon Research Conference to be held March 8-13, 2009 in Il Ciocco, Italy, two (2) travel awards of up to $1,500 each to cover expenses of invited speakers, discussion leaders or other participants.

Charleen Chu, MD, PhD- Topic: In the PINK!: Mitochondrial Kinases and Autophagic Neurodegeneration. The ASIP: Investigating the Pathogenesis of Disease, Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2009 in New Orleans, LA, April 18-22, 2009.

F. Brad Johnson, MD, PhD. – Topic: RecQ helicases, G-quadruplexes and Cell Senescence. The Second International Meeting on Quadruplex DNA, Louisville, KY, April 18-21, 2009.

George P. Vogler, PhD,– Topic: Festskrift in honor of the lifetime achievements of Gerald E. McClearn. Behavior, Genetics and Aging: A Lifetime Perspective Conference, to be held May 8-9, 2009 at Penn State University in University Park, PA.

Mauricio Rojas, M.D. – Topic: Mesenchymal Stem Cell Senescence ad Lung Repair. The 7th Annual Meeting of the International Society on Stem Cell Research, to be held July 8-11, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.

Martin J. Sadowski, MD, PhD – Topic: Therapeutic Approaches Targeting AB Cascade in Alzheimer’s Disease. The Polish Neuroscience Society, 9th International Congress, to be held September 9-12, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland.

Ayotunde S. Adeagbo, PhD – Topic: SP002P, a Botanical Drug, Inhibits Endothelin-1 Induced Aortic Contractions in vitro and Lowers Blood Pressure of Anesthetized Rats. 2009 American Physiological Society International Conference on Endothelin, to be held September 9-12, 2009 in Montreal, Canada.

Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD – Topic: Chronic Neuropathic Pain. 134rd Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association, to be held October 11-14, 2009 in Baltimore, MD.

May J. Reed, MD- Topic: Mechanisms of Impaired Angiogenesis in Aging. American Heart Association, National Meeting, to be held November 14-18, 2009 in Orlando, FL.


Neil Segal, MD, MS – Topic: Optimizing Mobility in Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis. The 2008 American College of Rheumatology (ACR)/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA October 24-29, 2008.

Anne Louise Oaklander, M.D., Ph.D. – Topic: The Mechanisms of Chronic Neuropathic Pain. The 133rd Annual Meeting of the Neurological Association, Salt Lake City, UT, September 21-24, 2008.

Grace E. Stutzmann, Ph.D. – Topic: New Approaches to Treatment of HD. Huntington’s Disease 2008: The Milton Wexler Celebration of Life, Cambridge, MA, August 8-19, 2008.

Andrea C. Gore, Ph.D. – Topic: Who Talks to GnRh Neurons? Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society, San Francisco, CA, June 14-18, 2008

Kejal Kantarci, M.D. – Topic: Neuropathological Correlates of Antemorten 1H MRS in Alzheimer’s Disease. 60th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, Chicago, IL April 12-19, 2008.

Thomas M. Gill, M.D. – Topic: The Complex and Dynamic Nature of Disability in Older Persons. Health in Ageing: Achievements and Potential of Longitudinal Research Conference, Dublin, Ireland, May 29-30, 2008.

George M. Martin, M.D. - $5,000 for travel awards for speakers. Genome Dynamics & Instability in the Aging Brain, Pacific Grove, CA, June 13-17, 2008.


Daniel R. Goldstein, M.D.- Topic: The Role of the Innate Toll Like Receptors in Organ Transplantation and How Aging Modifies TLR Function. The American Transplant Congress, San Francisco, CA - May 6-9, 2007.

Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D.. - 3 scholarships @ $1,000 each for students to attend the 36th Annual Aging Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX - June 1-4, 2007. Awardees: Dudley Lamming, Harvard University; Adam Bachstetter, University of South Florida; Michael S. Bonkowski, Southern Illinois University

Edward Seto, Ph.D. - 2 scholarships not to exceed $1,500 each for young investigators to attend The FASEB summer conference on Histone Deacetylases (HDACs), Snowmass Village, CO - June 2-7, 2007. Awardee: Fei Wang, Baylor College of Medicine

William K. Zinke - 1 scholarship not to exceed $1,500 for one speaker to attend the National Conference on the New Human Resources Frontier, Washington, DC, - June 7-8, 2007.

James E. Galvin, M.D., MPH - Topic: Survival and Mortality Differences between Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzheimer Disease. The Alzheimer Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia, Washington, DC - June 9-12, 2007.

Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, Ph.D. - Cognitive and Motor Mediators of the Changes in Gait Stability During Dual Tasking in Healthy Older Aults. The International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Burlington, Vermont, - July 14-18, 2007.

Michael M. Cox, Ph.D. - 1 scholarship not to exceed $1,500 for one attendee at the FASEB conference on Genetic Recombination and Genomic Rearrangements, Snowmass, CO, July 28-Aug 2, 2007.

Holly M. Brown-Borg - 3 scholarships not to exceed $1,500 each for 3 speakers to attend the 2007 Biology of Aging - Gordon Research Conference, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, September 23-28, 2007.

Dr. Gary Gibson - 3 scholarships not to exceed $1,500 each for 3 speakers to attend the New York Academy of Sciences' meeting on Mitochondria and Oxidative Stress in Neurodegenerative Disorders, New York, NY, September 26-29, 2007.

Dr. Thomas M. Gill - Topic: Rehabilitation Meets Aging; Challenges and Pitfalls. American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 2007 Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, October 19, 2007.

William Dale, M.D., Ph.D. - The Inclusion of Multiple Co-Morbidities in Cost Utility Assessments. The 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making , Pittsburg, PA - October 21-24, 2007.


Dr. Janet S. Sunness, - Topic: "Designing Clinical Trails for Age-Related Geographic Atrophy of the Macula." The Macula Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2006.

Dr. Nir Barzilai, - Topic: "Presentation of Data on the Genetic Basis of Human Aging and Longevity." The 3rd International Conference on Functional Genomics of Ageing, Palermo, Sicily, March 2006.

Dr. Domenico Pratico, - Topic: "Aging, Oxidative Stress and Atherosclerosis." The American Heart Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, April, 2006.

Dr. Thomas M. Gill, - Topic: "Getting NIH to Fund Your Generalist Research: Strategic Advice from the Battlefront." The Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, April 2006.

Dr. Mony J. de Leon, - "Early Diagnosis and Brain Aging." The 10th Annual International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, Madrid, Spain, July 2006.

Dr. Azad Bonni, - Topic: "The Novel Signaling Pathway by which the Protein Kinase MST Regulates Oxidative Stress Responses in Mammalian Neurons." The Gordon Conference on Biology of 14-3-3 Proteins, London, England, August 2006.

Dr. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, - Topic: "Gait Dynamics in Older Adults with a High Level Gait Disorder: A Prospective Study." The Fifth World Congress on Biomechanics Combined with the 15th Conference of the European Society of Biomechanics and the 31st Congress of the Societe de Biomecanique, Munich, Germany, July 2006.

Dr. Ann Louise Oaklander, - Topic: "Contrasting New Data from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS/RSD) Patients to those Identified in Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) after Shingles." The Annual Meeting of The Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, October 2006.

Dr. Michael Schwarzschild, - Topic: "Adenosine Receptors in Parkinson's Disease and other CNS Disorders." The Annual Meeting of The Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA, October 2006.

Dr. Ayotunde S. Adeagbo, - Topic: "Endothelium and Vascular Inflammation in Experimental Diabetes Mellitus." The International Symposium on Inflammation: An Underlying Factor in Several Diseases, Ibadan, Nigeria, September 2006.

Dr. Ashley I. Bush, - Topic: "The Metallobiology of Alzheimer's Disease." The 3rd Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Nanjing, China, October 2006.

Dr. Bradley J. Willcox, - Topic: "Novel Predictors of Healthy Aging from Prospective Studies of the World's Longest-Lived People." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.

Dr. Bruce A. Carnes, - Topic: "How Interspecies Comparisons Contribute to Advances in Knowledge About Aging." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.

Dr. James A. Joseph, - Topic: "Nutritional Interventions in Ageing and Age-Associated Disease: Part I Diet." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.

Dr. George S. Roth, - Topic: "Nutritional Interventions in Ageing and Age-Associated Disease: Part I Diet." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevitiy, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.

Dr. Donald K. Ingram, - Topic: "Nutritional Interventions in Ageing and Age-Associated Disease: Part I Diet." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.

Dr. S. Mitchell Harman, - Topic: "Comparison of Study Results of Hormone Treatments of Postmenopausal Women conducted before the Women's Health Initiative Trails with thse from the WHI Trials." The 3rd International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity, Melbourne, Australia, October 2006.


Dr. Elan D. Louis, - Topic: "Association Between Mild Parkinsonian Signs and Mild Cognitive Impairment in the Community-Dwelling Elderly." American Academy of Neurology, Miami Beach, FL, April 2005.

Dr. Roger Hajjar, - Topic: "The Road from Physiological Observation to Gene Therapy in Patients with Heart Failure." 8th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy, St. Louis, MO, June 2005.

Dr. Anne R. Cappola, - Topic: "Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 and Interleukin-6 in the Frailty Syndrome." 2005 Endocrine Society Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 2005.

Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, PhD, - Topic: "Walking is More Like Catching Than Tapping: Gait in the Elderly as a Complex Cognitive Task." XVII Conference of International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Marseilles, France, May 2005


Dr. Elan D. Louis, - Topic: "Parkinsonian Signs in Older People in the Community: Risk of Incident Dementia." 56th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, San Francisco, CA, April, 2004.

Dr. Thomas A. Rando, - Topic: "Molecular Mechanisms of Impaired Muscle Regereation in the Aged." Gordon Research Conference on Myogenesis, Barga, Italy, May 2004.

Dr. Ashley Bush, - Topic: "The Role of Zinc in Alzheimer's Disease." Institute of Zinc in Biology - 2004 Zinc Signals Meeting, Aarhus, Denmark, June 2004.


Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander, - Topic: "Underlying Neuroscientific Causes behind Painful Peripheral Neuropathies." 36th Winter Conference on Brain Research, Salt Lake City, UT, January 2003.

Dr. Eric A. Coleman, Dr. Jean Kutner and Dr. David Casarett, - Topic: "Managing Transitions in the Setting of Serious Illness - General Internists as Agents for Change." 26th Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia, April 2003.

Dr. Jay M. Edelberg, - Topic: "EPC Restoration of Cardioprotection for the Aging Heart." International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Birmingham, England, July 2003.


Dr. Jay M. Edelberg, - Topic: "Molecular and Cellular Restoration of Vascular Activity Employing Adult Endothelial Precursor Cells as a Model". Institute of Molecular Pathology workshop on "The Stem Cell Challenge", Vienna, Austria, February 2002.

Dr. Edward G. Lakatta, - Topic: "Novel Approaches to Treatment of Systolic Hypertension and Arterial Stiffness". 17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, New York, NY, May 14-18, 2002.

Dr. Mone Zaidi, - Topic: "Calcium Channels in Health and Disease." Symposium at the Cambridge Philosophical Society, Cambridge, England, December 2002.

Dr. Raymond Yung, - Topic: "The Aging Immune System and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus." Symposium at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, October 25-29, 2002, New Orleans, LA.

Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, - Topic: "How Will We Treat Alzheimer's Disease in the Year 2010?" New Clinical Drug Evaluation Update - Annual Meeting, June 10-13, 2002, in Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Rita Effros, - Topic: "Telomere/telomerase Dynamics in Human Memory T Cells: Effect on Infection Immunity." Annual Meeting of The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, June 28 - July 1, 2002, San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Ayotunde S.O. Adeagbo, - Topic: "Regulation of Cardiovascular Function in NO-Deficiency." 4th International Congress of Pathophysiology, June 30, 2002, Budapest, Hungary.


Dr. Elan D. Louis, - Topic: "Predictors of Functional Disability in Essential Tremor (TBC)." American Academy of Neurology, 53rd Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, May 5-11, 2001.

Dr. Nir Barzilai, - Topic: "Caloric Restriction and Aging." German Diabetes Association Symposium on Diabetes and Aging. May 23 - 26, 2001, Aachen, Germany.

Dr. Roger Hajjar, - Topic: "Gene Mediated Overexpression of SERCA to Improve Contractility in Aging Hearts." 3rd Cologne Conference on Heart Failure, June 1-2, 2001, Cologne, Germany.

Dr. Raymond Yung, - Topic: "T Cell Chemokine Expression in Aging." Combined Annual Meeting of the Central Society for Clinical Research and The American Federation for Clinical Research. Chicago, IL, September 5-8, 2001.

Dr. Jason H.T. Karlawish, - Topic: "The Social Construction of Treatment in Alzheimer's Disease." 4th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Nashville, TN, October 25-28, 2001.


Dr. Nir Barzilai, - Topic: "Visceral Obesity: Evaluation, Risk and Treatment in the Elderly." American Heart Association - Committee on Scientific Session Program, New Orleans, LA. November 2000.

Dr. Ashley I. Bush, - Topic: "The Role of Biometals in Alzheimer's Disease." First International Conference on Metals and the Brain. Padova, Italy. September 2000.

Dr. Rita Effros, - Topic: "Telomere/Telomerase Dynamics in Memory T Cells: Lessons from Aging and AIDS." Joint meeting of The American Association of Immunologists and Clinical Immunology Society. May 2000.

Dr. Roger J. Hajjar, - Topic: "Targets for Gene Therapy in the Aging Heart - The Future of Gene Therapy for Heart Disease." North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology. May 2000.

Dr. Elan D. Louis, - Topic: "The Disease Essential Tremor - Clinical Manifestations and Clinical Subtypes", 6th International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in Barcelona, Spain. June 11-15, 2000.

Dr. R. Knight Steel, - Topic: "Two Worlds-Two Ages." 15th Nordic Gerontological Congress, Reykjavik, Iceland. June 2000.

Dr. Alberto Zambon, - Topic: "The 514 C-T Hepatic Lipase Gene Promoter Variant Predicts Clinical Response to Lipid Lowering Therapy." American Heart Association. 1st Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology in Denver, CO. May 2000.


Professor Raj Sohal - Topic: Forever Young. American Association for the Advancement of Science, January 1999.

Dr. Edward Masoro - Topic: Dietary Restriction in the Rodent Model: Insights on the Biology of Aging. American Physiological Society, April 1999.

Dr. Peter Holt - Topic: The Aging Gut. Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics, April 1999.

Dr. Edward Lakatta - Topic: Adaptive Cellular Mechanisms of Cardiac Aging. International Society for Heart Research, June 1999.

Dr. Alexander Auchus - Topic: Vascular Dementia in a Bi-Racial Sample of Americans. Stroke Society of Australasia, October 1999.

Dr. Rodney Levine - Topic: Aging and Oxygen. The Oxygen Society, November 1999.


Neil Alexander, M.D. - Topic: Motor Performance Deficits and Functional Decline in Older Adults: An Inevitable Effect of Aging? The North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, June 1998.

Dr. Lofty L. Basta - Topic: Ethical Issues Related to the Use of CPR in the Elderly. Council on Geriatric Cardiology, March 1998.

Dr. Susan Schiffman - Topic: Taste and Smell. American Academy for Otolaryngology, September 1998.

Dr. Susan Swain, Ph.D. - Topic: Changes in CD4+ T Cells with Aging: Impact on the Immune Response. American Association of Immunologists, April 1998.

Pierre Tariot - Topic: Strategies for Improving Quality of Life for Demented Residents. American Medical Directors Association, March 1998.




Dr. Bruce S. McEwen - Topic: Estrogen Modulations of Memory & Alzheimer's Risk. New York Academy of Science, October 1997.