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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Jan 29. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15788. [Epub ahead of print]

Models and Studies of Aging: Executive Summary of a Report from the U13 Conference Series.

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1
City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.
2
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
3
Science/Medical Writer, Independent Consultant, Annapolis, Maryland.
4
American Geriatrics Society, New York, New York.
5
National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland.
6
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
7
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
8
School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, California.
9
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
10
UConn Center on Aging, UConn Health, Farmington, Connecticut.
11
San Antonio Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, San Antonio, Texas.
12
Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, San Antonio, Texas.
13
Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, California.
14
School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
15
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
16
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
17
Mayo Clinic Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, Rochester, Minnesota.
18
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Abstract

The American Geriatrics Society convened a conference in Bethesda, Maryland, to explore models and studies of aging. This was the second of three conferences, supported by a U13 grant from the National Institute on Aging, to aid recipients of Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) in integrating geriatrics into their specialties. Recognizing that aging is the largest risk factor for multiple chronic diseases and age-related loss of resilience, the conference organizers focused scientific sessions on how targeting age-related mechanisms can delay, prevent, or reverse geriatric syndromes, age-related chronic diseases, and loss of resilience. The rationale for studying models of aging as well as study designs, strategies, and challenges of studying human aging were reviewed. This article provides a summary of the full conference report, Models and Studies of Aging: Report from the U13 Conference Series, and summarizes key take-home messages that were designed to support GEMSSTAR awardees in developing their research careers focused on aging research (see supplementary text for the full report).

KEYWORDS:

aging; biology; geriatrics; research

PMID:
30693953
DOI:
10.1111/jgs.15788

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