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The USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology welcomed Arlan Richardson as the 36th recipient of the Kesten Memorial Lecture award.

Established in 1973 to honor the grandparents of Alan Davis, son of School founder Leonard Davis, the Kesten Memorial Lectureship provides prominent scholars in the field of aging the opportunity to discuss their research as well as to meet with Andrus Gerontology Center faculty and students for information discussions.

Drawing raves from attendees for his special presentation, “Rapamycin: The First Anti-Aging Pill?” Richardson added another award to a distinguished career that includes his position as the founding director of the Barshop Institute for Longevity & Aging Studies at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The former president of the Gerontological Society of America as well as of the American Aging Association, Richardson was also responsible for organizing the first Gordon Research Conference in Europe and serving on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging.

Richardson’s talk was well attended by experts across campus, including such world-class biologists as Caleb Finch, Kelvin J.A. Davies, Enrique Cadenas, Valter Longo, Edward Schneider, John Tower, Sean Curran and Christian Pike.

“On behalf of the USC Leonard Davis School, allow me to say how happy we are to honor such an esteemed figure in the field of aging as both a friend and colleague,” said Pinchas Cohen, dean of the School. “His lecture was not only illuminating but also incredibly thought-provoking.”

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