Thursday, November 14, 2013

GSA Meeting in New Orleans, November 23

Dear  Friends and Colleagues,

If you plan to participate in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting in New Orleans, we would like to invite you to our GSA Interest Group meeting "Societal Implications of Delaying Aging", which will take place on Saturday, November 23  (please see program attached below)

Feel free to disseminate this invitation among your colleagues, who may be interested.

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

-- Leonid and Natalia

-- Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
-- Natalia Gavrilova, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
Center on Aging, NORC at the University of Chicago


GSA Interest Group meeting


Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Room Rhythm I  (Sheraton New Orleans hotel)

Aging as a medical problem: is our message right? 

Conveners: Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova 

At last year’s meeting of this group, Felipe Sierra (NIH) discussed the GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) initiative that he is spearheading, and which was showcased in a high-profile conference last month.  The GSIG is an unprecedentedly powerful attempt to educate key decision-makers as to the relationship between aging and the diseases of old age.  But will it, and similar efforts outside NIH, bring about real change in funding priorities?  This year we will discuss several aspects of this critical issue for the future of gerontology research.

Jay Olshansky  (School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago)
     Substantial health and economic returns from delayed aging may warrant a new focus for medical research

Graham Pawelec  (University of Tübingen, Germany)
     Funding of basic versus translational gerontology: the European perspective

Janko Nikolich-Zugich   (University of Arizona;  President, American Aging Association, AGE)
      Speaking with one voice: bringing the case for aging research to public and policymakers

Aubrey de Grey  (SENS Research Foundation)
       Zero times anything is still zero: our need to speculate quantitatively about time frames and impact


- Jay Olshansky will discuss the recently published work led by Dana Goldman that further strengthens the economic case for funding aging research.

- Graham Pawelec will discuss the European public funding perspective.  Is it now good or bad to talk about intervention in grant applications, to the media, etc, and why?

- Janko Nikolich-Zugich will talk about prospects for bringing US societies and organizations to work more coordinately on political communication, etc.

- Aubrey de Grey will say things about the way in which the prospects of intervention need to be discussed in order to turn fine words into actual money, in particular that we need to bite the bullet that cancer researchers did 40 years ago and actually predict time frames for therapeutic progress.



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