The Huffington Center on Aging was established in 1988 through a generous gift from the late Roy M. and Phillis Gough Huffington with the mission to improve the quality of lives of people as they age, through programs of research, education and patient care, through disseminating the knowledge gained by research, applying it to the care of the elderly; and through increasing the knowledge of the general public on health and social practices that can help them have a long life, well-lived. The Roy M. Huffington Distinguished Lecture was made possible through Mr. Huffington’s many friends and colleagues who graciously made donations in his memory and was established as a tribute to Mr. Huffington in his vision to foster the highest quality aging research and ultimately a higher standard of living for our aging population. The distinguished lecturer is selected for their ingenious and unparalleled contributions to the field of aging and age-related diseases and is invited to share his/her latest discoveries with the Baylor College of Medicine faculty and trainees.

Genomic Analysis of Neurodegeneration

  • Presenter: John Hardy, Ph.D., FMedSci, FRS
  • Position: Professor, Department of Neuroscience
  • Institution: Reta Lila Weston Institute, UCL Institute of Neurology
  • Date: April 26, 2017

Transmission of Misfolded Proteins in Neurodegenerative Disorders: A Common Mechanism of Disease Progression

  • Presenter: Virginia M.-Y. Lee, Ph.D., M.B.A.
  • Position: Professor in Alzheimer's Research
  • Institution: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Date: March 4, 2015

Roles of Telomeres and Telomerase in Disease and Health

  • Presenter: Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Ph.D.
  • Position: Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology
  • Institution: Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Date: Jan. 16, 2013

Regulation of Stem Cell Self-Renewal

  • Presenter: Sean Morrison, Ph.D.
  • Position: Professor and Director
  • Institution: Children’s Research Institute, UT Southwestern
  • Date: April 11, 2012

Telomeres in Cancer and Aging

  • Presenter: Ronald A. DePinho, M.D.
  • Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Date: May 4, 2011

Stem Cells, Aging, and the Challenge of Senescent Tissue Repair

  • Presenter: Tom Rando, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Position: Professor of Neurology
  • Institution: Stanford University
  • Date: Feb. 17, 2009