30th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Poster Session

The Huffington Center on Aging presents the Scientific Symposium and Poster Session as a part of its 30th anniversary celebration. A day-long event will feature lectures from leading scientists in the fields of biology of aging, longevity and age-related diseases, a poster session competition and a visit by renowned author Arianna Huffington. This year's symposium is part of the celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the Huffington Center on Aging.

Shelley Berger, Daniel S. Och University Professor, University of Pennsylvania, is this year’s Huffington Distinguished Lecturer and will present the scientific keynote address.

The poster session will highlight research projects conducted at Baylor College of Medicine that will compete for prizes and for the Estela E. Medrano Award on Excellence in Aging Research.

A lunch reception will be held in Rayzor Lounge during the poster presentation and poster awards will be announced in Cullen Auditorium before the scientific keynote lecture.

Event Details

Date: Oct. 17, 2018
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Lecture series and poster presentation
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch receptions

Cost: Free. Please register.

Baylor College of Medicine
Cullen Auditorium – Lectures
Rayzor Lounge – Poster presentation and lunch reception


9 - 9:20 a.m. - Opening Remarks
9:20 - 10:20 a.m. – Biology of Aging  

Arlan Richardson, Ph.D.

Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Aging Research, University of Oklahoma Science Center

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Robert C. Fyfe Endowed Chair on Aging
Professor, Huffington Center on Aging
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Rick Morimoto, Ph.D.

Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology and Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University

10:50 - 11:00 a.m. - Break
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Aging Diseases  

Alison Goate, D. Phil.

Willard T.C. Johnson Research Professor of Neurogenetics and Director of Ronald M. Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, Department of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Josh Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Neurology and Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Mark Kunik, M.D.

Professor, Psychiatry Research, Baylor College of Medicine, MIRECC Director, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Care and Michael E. DeBakey VAMC

12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch Reception, Rayzor Lounge
1:45 - 2 p.m. - Awards Presentation, Cullen Auditorium
2 - 3 p.m. - Huffington Distinguished Lecturer

Shelley Berger, Ph.D.

Daniel S. Och University Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

6 - 9 p.m. Spotlight on Health
The Junior League
Keynote Address: “THRIVE: How to Build a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, Wonder and Purpose – At Any Age”

Presented by:

Arianna Huffington
Founder of The Huffington Post
Founder and CEO of Thrive Global
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