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Lifespan Health Summit 2017

October 11, 2017 - October 12, 2017

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October 11th & 12th, 2017 at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Check in and poster set up

Inaugural Lifespan Health Summit: Opening Symposium Featuring Judith Campisi, PhD

5:00PM – 5:05PM


Provost Quick, Hassy Cohen, Sean Curran

5:05PM – 6:00PM

Plenary Speaker

“The role of cellular senescence in health and disease” – Judith Campisi, PhD

6:00PM – 7:00PM

New advances in cognitive science and imaging

Chair: Mara Mather, PhD

“Developing a new model to reveal aging-related adaptations in synapse structure, function and plasticity” – Dion K. Dickman, PhD

“Neuroimaging and Informatics in Alzheimers” – Arthur Toga, PhD

“Child Development, Allostasis and Lifespan Health” – Pat Levitt, PhD

7:00PM – 8:30PM

Poster session and Reception

Thursday, October, 12, 2017

8:30AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast and Check-In

9:00AM – 9:05AM

Opening Remarks

9:05AM – 10:00AM

Plenary Speaker

“Lifespan and Healthspan” – Eileen Crimmins, PhD

10:00AM – 11:15AM

Chair: Caleb Finch, PhD

“Aging, degeneration and mitochondrial dysfunction” – Ming Guo

“The Intergenerational Transmission of Depressive Illness Across the Lifespan: Biological Vulnerability, Residual Scars, and Resilience” – Brad Peterson, PhD

“Whole-Genome Sequencing of a Healthy Aging Cohort” – Ali Torkamani

“Lifestyle, brain aging and cardiovascular disease: lessons from a pre-industrial society” – Andrei Irimia, PhD

11:15AM – 12:00PM

Humanities and the Arts Across the Lifespan

Chair: “Mindfulness and higher education” – Varun Soni, PhD

“A Look at Aging in Media: Examining How Seniors are Sidelined and Stereotyped in TV and Film” – Stacy L. Smith, PhD

“The Language of Meaning Beyond Memory” – Anne Basting, PhD

12:00PM – 1:00PM


1:00PM – 1:45PM

Chair: Paul Irving

“Policy prescriptions for pharmaceutical innovation and pricing” – Neeraj Sood, PhD

“Socially Assistive Robotics for Supporting Lifespan Health” – Maja Mataric, PhD

1:45PM – 3:00PM

Policy, intervention and societal drivers of lifespan health

Chair: Kate Wilber, PhD

“Elder Abuse in the Context of Family Violence” – Laura Mosqueda, PhD

“Achieving a Good Death: Patient Centered Care at End of Life” – Susan Enguídanos, PhD

“Chronic Disease Management in Older Adults: Too Little, Too Late?” – Bradley Williams, PhD

“Longitudinal Determinants of Physical Frailty in a National Sample of Older Adults in the United States” – Maria Aranda, PhD

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Coffee Break

3:30PM – 4:15PM

Demography, Economics and Population Health across the lifespan

Chair: Jennifer Ailshire, PhD

“Health and disability of older adults around the world: Prevalence, incidence and SES gradients” – Jinkook Lee, PhD

“The Impact of Population Health and Demographics on Future Prevalence and Costs of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias” – Julie Zissimopoulos, PhD

4:15PM – 5:00PM

Optimizing metabolism, diet and nutrition over the lifespan

Chair: Sean Curran, PhD

“Roadmap to Better Nutrition and Longevity” – Kurt Hong, PhD

“Integrating Metabolomics with Genetics to Identify Novel Pathways for Coronary Artery Disease” – Hooman Allayee, PhD


Closing Remarks

Speaker Dinner


Parking Information

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Auditorium (GER)
Andurs Gerontology Center
3715 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Parking information for October 11, 2017

If arriving on campus from 4:30 PM, all cars can go to Downey Way Sturcture – PSA

Parking Fee is $12 per day, pay at the Gate entrance.

Parking information for October 12, 2017 (see attached USC Campus Map 2017):

There are 25 spots reserved in Downey Way Structure (PSA) – enter Gate 6 at Vermont Avenue/36th Place.

Other parking locations are in Royal Street Structure (PSD) – enter Gate 4 on Jefferson Blvd – Cars can only make a right turn at the Royal entrance ( cars must approach going east on Jefferson Blvd from Vermont Ave. and will be able to park in the Royal Street location

After the reserved spaces fill up, attendees will be directed to Figueroa Structure 2 (PS2) on Figueroa Street by the Radisson Hotel and the Galen Center – Cars must approach from Exposition and can only make a right turn into this lot.

Driving directions are available here:

Public Transit:
Metro’s Expo Line serves the University Park Campus (stop nearest the Leonard Davis School is Expo/Vermont).

USC also operates regular shuttles between the USC campuses and Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. For more details about transit options, please visit USC Transportation at

If you have any questions, please call 213-740-5156.


October 11, 2017
October 12, 2017


USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089 United States
(213) 740-5156
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