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12th Annual Research Retreat - April 5-6, 2018

"Creative EngAGEment through the Arts"

We wish to thank everyone who participated on April 5-6 for making our 12th Annual Research Retreat a success.  We enjoyed interacting with 20 Poster presentations, 7 Creative Arts Presentations, 2 Keynote SPeakers, 8 University/Public Presenters and over 165 guests who attended the combined two-day event.

Keynote Presenters (pictured below with Dr. Supiano from left to right) Drs. Louise Aronson and Julene Johnson, both joining us from UCSF.


At the Retreat this year we enjoyed performances from the School of Dance "The Middle Way" and the Gleeful Choir. 

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POSTER AWARDS We are pleased to congratulate our trainee poster winners:

Biological Award: Alec McKenzie, PhD Candidate in Physical Therapy

Poster Title: "Muscle and Metabolic Response to 5-days of Bed Rest Followed by 7-days of Recovery in Older Adults"

Authors: Alec McKenzie, Paul Reidy, Zian Mahmassani, Jordan Johnson, Katie Kaput, MD, Matthew ROndina, MD, MS, Yu Kuei Lin, MD, Scott Summers, PhD, Robin Marcus, PhD, Paul LaStayo, PhD, Mark Supiano, MD and Micah Drummond, PhD

Pictured below: Alec McKenzie and Dr. Mark Supiano


Social Science Award: Anna Shvartsur, Fourth Year Medical Student

Poster Title: "Longitudinal Assessment of Metamemory in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease"

Authors: Anna Shvartsur, Hwi Lee, Fini Chang, Matthew J. Wright, Liana Apostolova and Ellen Woo

Pictured below: Anna Shvartsur and Dr. Mark Supiano



11th Annual Research Retreat - April 27-28, 2017

"Resilient Places for an Aging Society: Adaptive Capacity Promotion for Healthy Living"

We wish to thank everyone who participated on April 27-28 making our 11th Annual Research Retreat an outstanding success!  We enjoyed 28 Poster presentations, four keynote speakers, four University presentors and over 175 guests who attended the combined two-day event.  

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PRESENTATIONS and other info regarding the Aging and Resiliency Transforming Excellence Program: This site will soon also have links to the storyboards (see below) and the video of the presentations.


Keynote Speakers (pictured below with Dr. Supiano from left to right) - Amanda Lehning, PhD (University of Maryland); James Sallis, PhD (UC-San Diego);Susanne Iwarsson, PhD (University of Lund); and Scott Hummel, MD (University of Michigan)

Keynote speakers

At the Retreat this year we enjoyed the graphic illustrations from Karina Mullen Branson. A Graphic Facilitator is a thought partner that specializes in helping groups understand each other and tell your story via process design, live illustrations and live videos.

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POSTER AWARDS We are pleased to congratulate our trainee poster winners:

Biological Award: Jesse Christensen

Poster Title: "Novel Feedback Technique Normalizes Gait Adnormalities during Decline Walking after Total Knee Arthroplasty"

Authors: Jesse Christensen,DPT, Paul LaStayo, PhD, PT, Robin Marcus, PhD, PT, Ryan Mizner, PhD, PT, Christopher Pelt, MD and Bo Foreman, PhD, PT

Pictured below: Jesse Christensen and Dr. Mark Supiano


Social Sciences Award: Jen Neria

Poster Title: "Executive Functioning's Relationship to Gait Speed Among Older Adults: Does Measurement Matter?"

Authors: Jen Neria, Madison Niermeyer, Casey Barron, Ridley Heyrend, Aaron Ray, Austin Gillespie, Rosemary Ziemnik and Yana Suchy, PhD

Pictured below: Jen Neria and Dr. Mark Supiano


10th Annual Research Retreat - April 14-15, 2016

"Long Term Care Policy and Practice"

The 10th Annual Research Retreat featured a Poster Session on Thursday, April 14 and a Keynote/Symposium Session on Friday, April 15.  We were please to welcom our distinguished Keynote Speaker Dr. Lew Lipsitz, MD, Vice President for Academic Medicine and Irving and Edyth S. Usen and Family Director, Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLike Chief, Division of Gerontology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

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We enjoyed 31 Poster presetations, two Symposia teams and over 200 guests who attended the two-day event.  


We are pleased to congratulate our trainee poster winners.

Biological Award: Gregory Remigio

Poster Title: "5-HT6 receptor localization and its effects on memory and synaptic transmission"

Authors: Gregory Remigio, Raunak Basu and Peter West, PhD

Pictured Below: Gregory Remigio and Dr. Mark Supiano


Social Sciences Award: MJ Tran

Poster Title: "Transitional Care Management: A Quality Improvement Program"

Authors: MJ Tran, BSN, Melissa Selden, PharmD, Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC and Bethanne Karren, Senior Data Analyst

Pictured Below: MJ Tran and Dr. Mark Supiano


To view more PHOTOS from the 2016 Research Retreat they are available online to view, share or download.

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VIDEOS - KEYNOTE and SYMPOSIA Video was taken of our Keynote Lecture.  You can access and view the video by going to 

9th Annual Research Retreat - April 2-3, 2015

"Frailty and age-related deficit accumulation: where can we go?"

The 9th Annual Research Retreat featured a Poster Session on Thursday, April 2 and a Keynote/Symposium Session on Friday April 3. We were pleased to welcome our distinguished Keynote speaker Dr. Ken Rockwood, MD, FRCPC, FRCP, Professor of Geriatric Medicine & Neurology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


This was our largest annual event to date. We welcomed the participation of 48 Poster presentations, and three Symposia teams, with over 200 guests who attended the combined two-day event.


Winners of the Student Poster Awards are as follows:

Biological Category - Lauren Shih
  • Poster Title: "Activated Platelet Ingegrin Alpha IIB Beta3 is increased in Older Adults with Frailty But not in Healthy Aging" Authors: Lauren Shih, Natalie Sanders DO, Steven Rondina, Andrew Weyrich PhD, McKenzie Carlisle PhD, Shaohua Men, Mark Supiano MD, Guy Zimmerman MD, Matthew Rondina MD

Pictured Below: Lauren Shih with mentors Dr. Mark Supiano, and Dr. Matt Rondina


Social Sciences Award: Shae D. Morgan
  • Poster Title: "Perceived emotion in clear speech by older adults with hearing loss" Authors: Shae D. Morgan, Sarah Hargus-Fergusen
Pictured below: Shae Morgan, Dr. Sarah Hargus-Fergusen and Dr. Mark Supiano



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2015 Retreat VIDEOS

Videos were taken of our Keynote Lecture, and each symposia session.

You may access and view these videos at any time by going to:

8th Annual Research Retreat - March 24-25, 2014

"Successful Aging: Years to Life and Life to Years"

Diana Kuh, PhDThe 8th Annual Research Retreat featured a Poster Session on Monday March 24, and a Keynote/Symposium Session on Tuesday, March 25. We were pleased to welcome our distinguished Keynote speaker Dr. Diana Kuh from the United Kingdom.

This was our largest annual event to date. We enjoyed the participation of 39 Poster presentations, six Symposia teams, and over 200 guests who attended the combined two-day event. 

Photos from the 2014 Research Retreat are available online to view, share or download at

Monday March 24 ~ Poster Session

This year, we welcomed 39 poster presenatations from across the spectrum of aging related fields. We were thrilled to have 24 posters in our Trainee category.

Our two winning trainees were:

1. Biological Science Category: Priscilla Auduong, Second Year Medical Student (shown with Dr. Supiano at left); “Auditory Cortical Volumes in Patients with Dementia”

2. Social Science Category: Tara L. Queen, Ph.D. (shown at right) “Associations between Cognitive Ability and Coping Strategies in Older Couples Dealing with Prostate Cancer” 

Global Center on Aging Tsukuba This year's conference was International! We welcomed distinguished guests Dr. Nanako Tamiya, and her team from theCenter for Global Aging , The University of Tsukuba, Japan. Additional collegues attended from their extension campus in Mexico. All were hosted by Dr. Marilyn Luptak. 

Tuesday Mark 25 ~ General Session

On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 our keynote speaker was  Diana Kuh, PhD , the Unit Director for the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in the UK. Dr. Kuh gave an excellent and thought-provoking presentation entitled 
"A Lifecourse Approach to Healthy Ageing: What do Life Course Studies Tell Us, and What Are The Research Gaps?"
Dr. Diana Kuh, Keynote Award


In keeping with the theme of  "Successful Aging: Years to Life and Life to Years"  two sessions offering 3 concurrent symposia will be offered following Dr. Kuh's keynote. 

See all of the photos for this event here: See all the Photos!


You may visit the 2014 Research Retreat page for further details

7th Annual Research Retreat Poster Session - April 8, 2013

Our 2013 Center on Aging Research Retreat Poster Session was held in the University Guest House Ballroom on Monday, April 8, 2013. With 44 posters presented, and record attendance, this was our largest retreat to date. We thank all who participated and attended to make this event a great success!

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 We congratulate our student/trainee winners: Lorayne B. Taylor for her poster "In Sickness or In Health: Couple's Health Status and Retirement" (Social Science Category) and Melissa Nuntapreda's poster "Incidence of Cognitive Decline Associated with Differential Patterns of FDG-PET Cerebral Hypometabolism" (Biological Science Category). We also extend special recognition to our "Youngest Participant", Ethan Hunter, a 4th grade student at Jordan Ridge Elementary, who gave an impressive presentation on "The Timeless Voice of Gordon B. Hinckley: A Study of Vocal Changes over 40 years of Speeches".

Photos from the 2013 Retreat Poster Session can be viewed at

6th Annual Research Retreat March 20 and 21, 2012

The Vascular Aging Research Symposium was held at the College of Nursing Second Floor Auditorium on Wednesday 3/21/12 - 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. There were approximately 55 in attendance. If you missed any of these presentations, you may view them online.

(photos-Keynote speaker, Jeanne Y. Wei, MD, PhD. Link to photo album)

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This year's poster session had the largest number of posters (35) and the largest attendance to date. We congratulate Shawnie Holt and Kathy Wright as the recipients of the Best Student/Trainee Poster Award. Link to photo album.

5th Annual Research Retreat February 22 and 23, 2011

The 5th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat was held February 22-23, 2011 in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Science Education Building. The Retreat began on Tuesday, February 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall with a Reception, Poster Presentations, and presentations by the 2010 Pilot Grant Recipients.

The retreat symposium, "Geriatric Patient-centered Medical Home & Transitions of Care" was Wednesday, February 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and featured two keynote speakers: Steven R. Counsell, MD, and Robyn L. Golden, MA. You may view the archived symposium broadcast through the links below:

4th Annual Research Retreat March 9 and 10, 2010

The CoA 2010 Research Retreat wrapped-up successfully, thanks to all who participated in this year's event. Tuesday evening kicked-off with a reception and poster session where just over 20 posters were displayed, and about 50 attendees mingled, enjoying food, drinks, music and discussion.

Wednesday morning, Timothy Smeeding, PhD, from the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented his keynote address "Policy Analysis and Entitlement Programs for Older Americans: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security" to a crowd of about 60, followed by a panel discussion including Dr. David Sundwall, Executive Director, Utah Department of Health, and Dr. Richard Sperry, Director, Matheson Center for Health Care Studies. Presentations by the 2009 pilot grant recipients followed.

View a video of Smeeding's keynote and the panel discussion

Download the keynote PowerPoint slides

3rd Annual Research Retreat March 23 and 24, 2009

The Third Annual Research Retreat was a huge success. The poster presentations gave faculty and students a chance to interact and discuss various aspects of aging research and health care.

John Wilmoth, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Demography, Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California, Berkeley, delivered the keynote address, "The Rise of Human Longevity and its Implications for Population Aging," followed by presentations by the recipients of the 2008 CoA pilot grants.
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2nd Annual Research Retreat February 28 and 29, 2008

Jeffrey Halter, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Director of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, delivered the keynote address, "Diabetes, Aging, and Longevity: The Insulin Paradox," followed by presentations by the recipients of the 2007 CoA pilot grants.

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1st Annual Research Retreat April 3 and 4, 2007

Last Updated: 10/1/18