Upcoming Events

Workshop on Determinants of Adult Mortality, Morbidity, and Healthy Aging in LMICs

February 23 & March 1, 2024 – Virtual (Zoom)

A workshop co-sponsored by the UC-Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging-CEDA (William Dow) and the USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health-CBPH (Eileen Crimmins, Teresa Seeman, Jennifer Ailshire and Steve Cole)

This is the 7th annual workshop designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns and determinants of adult mortality, morbidity, and healthy aging in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). We welcome both LMIC-specific studies as well as comparisons with high-income countries.

The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national adult health patterns, especially in populations with unusually high or low adult mortality. The expanded availability of longitudinal HRS-type surveys in LMICs makes this an opportune time to gather a network of researchers using such data to study adult health patterns and determinants, in order to share innovative methods, new results, and ideas for the most promising research agenda going forward.

Contextual Data Resources for Understanding the Role of the Exposome in Aging Workshop

March 11-12, 2024 at the University of Southern California (and online via Zoom)

The Workshop on Contextual Data Resources for Understanding the Role of the Exposome in Aging will be held on March 11-12, 2024 at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. This hybrid two-day workshop will have both in-person and online attendance options. The workshop is sponsored by the USC/UCLA Center on Biodemography and Population Health (P30AG017265).

The workshop will build research capacity for using contextual data that can be linked to aging surveys (e.g., the Health and Retirement Study) to understand how the exposome is related to cognition and dementia (ADRD) as well as biological indicators of aging.

Day one will provide an introduction to the exposome-focused Contextual Data Resource (CDR), including a detailed overview of data products and how they can be used, as well as step-by-step instructions on accessing the data. The day will conclude with presentations from invited speakers demonstrating the use of CDR data and discussions with workshop participants.

Day two will be dedicated to hands-on training and personalized consultations to provide practical experience with the data and expert advice for both beginners and advanced users.

How to Apply

The workshop is open to researchers of all levels (pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, junior and senior faculty or their professional equivalent) who are interested in pursuing or expanding their research within the field of the exposome and aging. Applicants should submit their CV and short description of how current or future work is related to their interest in the program and level of familiarity with contextual data.

Applications are due January 8, 2024. To apply, visit this link: https://forms.gle/efWPpkLzW2tJPUUb8Funds are available to support travel expenses for workshop attendees. Participants will be chosen by a selection committee and notified by January 12, 2024. For inquiries email biodem@usc.edu.

Call for Papers: NIA-Sponsored Biomarker Network Meeting

April 17, 2024—One Day Prior to the 2024 Population Association of America (PAA) Annual Conference, Hyatt Regency Columbus, OH

Organizers: Jessica Faul, Colter Mitchell, and Eileen Crimmins

The Biomarker Network at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan is soliciting abstracts for presentations at the Biomarker Network Meeting, which will take place in person on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (one day before PAA 2024). The Biomarker Network is a National Institute on Aging sponsored project to develop an interdisciplinary group of scientists dedicated to improved measurement of biological risk for late life health outcomes in large representative samples of populations.We are developing sessions on methodological projects that focus on collection (e.g., comparison or assessment of collection methods), assay development, or analytic work (e.g., novel statistical methods, algorithms, etc.) related to biomarkers of aging. In addition, we are interested in other methods of collection such as apps, devices, cellphones, etc. Papers that focus exclusively on substantive research are of lower priority.The presentation abstract should clarify the material to be presented, including topic, data, methods, and the overall results. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 5, 2024. Abstracts should be sent to the Biomarker Network at biomarkernetwork@umich.edu. We will begin to notify individuals of their acceptance for program participation shortly after submission; everyone will be notified of our final decision by January 26, 2024.Please feel free to email the Biomarker Network (biomarkernetwork@umich.edu) with any questions and/or suggestions. In addition, feel free to share this call for papers/presentations with interested colleagues.NOTE: We will provide lunch on the meeting day.

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Ongoing Events

The Multidisciplinary Colloquium in Aging is a series of lectures presented by nationally and internationally recognized scholars in the field of aging. There are generally 5-6 lectures per semester given in this series.

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