Webinar: Exploring Biomarkers of Aging in the Context of Cancer Risk
May 16, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

A central aim of geroscience is to develop interventions that slow, reverse, or stop the detrimental molecular and cellular changes that occur with aging to improve health and reduce disease burden at older ages. Evidence that an individual’s chronological age does necessarily align with their physiological age, creates a key challenge for geroscience and finding accurate and reliable measures of rates of aging to aid in the development of anti-aging therapeutics. For purposes within geroscience, aging clocks can be thought of as methods to measure an individual’s health relative to the average population. Over the last decade, researchers have made significant progress on multiple iterations of biomarkers and diverse aging clocks that can assess one’s rate of aging relative to the general population. Aging clocks have been trained and tested on a wide range of epigenome, proteome, microbiome, and imaging data.

The NIH Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) is hosting a multi-part webinar series beginning in fall 2023 to explore the state-of the-science with regard to aging clocks, discuss specific gaps in knowledge within this area, and pinpoint potential opportunities for future research. Each monthly webinar will explore a unique topic and feature expert speakers that will examine new research and specific challenges related to the topic.

Webinar: Assessing Epigenetic Aging in Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors
June 20, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Aging is a risk factor for cancer, and evidence suggests that cancer and its treatments can accelerate aging. A central aim of geroscience is to develop interventions that slow, reverse, or stop the detrimental molecular and cellular changes that occur with aging to improve health and reduce disease burden, including cancer and cancer-related outcomes. Over the last decade, researchers have made significant progress on multiple iterations of biomarkers and diverse aging clocks that can assess one’s rate of aging relative to the general population. Aging clocks have been trained and tested on a wide range of epigenome, proteome, microbiome, and imaging data. Recently, these clocks have been used to predict cancer risk and treatment-related outcomes in cancer survivors.

On June 20th, the webinar will be centered on biomarkers of aging and their use in cancer survivorship studies. Speakers will discuss how biomarkers of aging or aging clocks are being used in cancer research and where they see knowledge gaps, challenges, and future opportunities for research and clinical use.

Previous Events:

Cognitive Aging Summit IV
March 20, 2024 – March 21, 2024 | Rockville, MD

Please join us for the Cognitive Aging Summit IV in Rockville, Maryland on March 20, 2024 – March 21, 2024. Convened by the National Institute on Aging and made possible by the McKnight Brain Research Foundation through a generous grant to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the two-day meeting will feature presentations and discussions on promising areas of research investigating age-related brain and cognitive changes.

With a special focus on precision aging and brain health, the Cognitive Aging Summit IV will explore individual differences in cognitive performance, brain function, and adaptation. The summit participants will also examine the factors that promote these individual differences with the goal of fostering collaboration to design prevention and intervention trials in the context of precision aging and brain health.

Please use the link below to register for the event. More information can be found at the CAS IV website (new window). If you have any questions about registration or need to make modifications, please reach out to (new window).

Webinar: Utilizing unique resources to study cancer and aging
March 4, 2024 | 1pm-2pm ET

Many existing data sources may help to fill gaps in knowledge related to cancer and aging, but the value in leveraging these data may not be obvious. In this webinar, two invited experts will present findings from their work addressing cancer and aging questions utilizing datasets from studies originally designed for other purposes. Dr. Anna Prizment will present on her work examining the associations between proteomic aging clocks (PACs) and cancer-specific PACs on cancer risk and outcomes in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study, a study initially developed to identify risk factors for atherosclerosis in the general population. Dr. Ashly Westrick will present results from an analysis of the effect of cancer treatment on cognition using data from the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) – Medicare-linked dataset. The HRS was originally designed to facilitate understanding of the relationship between medical history and financial status and to examine how use of healthcare may change as people age.

Virtual Webinar: Addressing the Disparities in Dementia Disk, Early Detection and Care in U.S. Latino Populations
November 28, 2023 | 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm ET

Please join us for our next webinar event as part of the NIA Division of Neuroscience’s new webinar series, “Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in Neuroscience.” Our next webinar will include a panel of speakers who will present “Addressing the Disparities in Dementia Disk, Early Detection and Care in U.S. Latino Populations: Insights from the US Consortium of Aging, Dementia & Latino Studies (CADLAS)”. Members of CADLAS will discuss recent developments, current challenges, and opportunities, as well as future directions in the four research areas that are the focus of its Special Interest Groups (SIG):

  • Genomics and Biomarkers
  • Cognition and Assessment
  • Recruitment and Clinical Trials
  • Dementia Care and Psychosocial Interventions

The main goal of CADLAS is to promote collaborations among investigators working on aging, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in U.S. Latino/Hispanic populations to accelerate research and the discovery of biomarkers, new diagnostics, prevention and treatment. The Consortium is unprecedented in that it includes investigators with diverse research interests and expertise in basic, clinical, translational and public health sciences from various regions throughout the United States. The Consortium members have ongoing research studies that enroll individuals from ethnic and culturally diverse communities including older Latino adults of Mexican, Central and South American backgrounds, as well as of the Caribbean islands. Members also have active working relationships with community-based organizations that result in powerful alliances to help the Consortium to carry out new research projects and recruit older Latino adults into their studies. 

GEORGETOWN LOMBARDI SURVIVORSHIP RESEARCH INITIATIVE SEMINAR SERIES PRESENTS: Improving Equitable Health Outcomes in Cancer: Catalyzing Transdisciplinary Scientific Collaborations to Transform Practice and Policy
Friday, August 11th, 2023 | 10:00AM-11:00AM EST |  Zoom Link (new window)

Presented By: Alyce Adams, PhD
Stanford Medicine Innovation Professor | Professor of Health Policy, Epidemiology and Population Health | Associate Chair for Health Equity and Community Engagement for Stanford Health Policy | Associate Director for Health Equity and Community Engagement in the Stanford Cancer Institute | Associate Director for Stanford Impact Labs

Immediately following the SRI seminar, there will be a 30 minute Meet the Professor session, which will provide attendees an opportunity to engage in Q&A and discuss specific research subjects with Dr. Adams.

NIA Data Training Workshops

Workshop Tuition Awards: Early career researchers can apply for an award to participate in a data training workshop at the University of Michigan Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging and AD/ADRD. Workshops include Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study and Introduction to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Learn more and apply.

Cancer, Aging, and Comorbidities Webinar Series
Organized by the National Institute of Cancer in collaboration with the National Institute on Aging, this webinar series aims to facilitate the understanding of the complex roles that aging and comorbidities play in mechanisms underlying cancer response, cancer treatment, and survivorship.

The seven webinars will be delivered monthly from January 27 to July 14, 2023. Sessions will last 60 minutes, including a total of ~ 40 minutes of presentations and a ~ 20 minutes moderated-panel discussion.

Georgetown Center for Healthy Aging Symposium
Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building | McDonough School of Business
Wednesday, July 12, 2023 | 10 am to 5 pm

The Georgetown Center for Healthy Aging, the Aging, and Alzheimer’s Research Training Program, the Georgetown Aging & Health Program, the Georgetown Lombardi Institute for Cancer and Aging Research, and AgingWell Hub are pleased to sponsor our second annual symposium. This year’s theme is Advancing Knowledge about Aging to Improve Health and Healthcare.”

This symposium is open to the Georgetown University community and its community members from across the DMV. Presenters will be addressing critical issues in aging research, policy, and care from cells to society and include transdisciplinary researchers from Georgetown and across the US.

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a space for attendees to get to know others interested in aging, describe resources, and stimulate people to come together to form new teams to address the challenges of an aging society.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Research on Aging presents: Focus on Aging Research: “Aging and the Brain” 
Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 pm

The “Focus on Aging Research” seminar series is a forum to share geriatric and gerontological research around a common theme but from different disciplinary and professional perspectives. 

WEBINAR: Optimizing the Health of Cancer Patients and Survivors by Targeting the Biology and Heterogeneity of Aging
Monday, April 3, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Cancer and cancer treatment accelerate fundamental aging processes. Interventions targeting fundamental aging processes may improve the health of cancer patients and survivors. However, key knowledge gaps remain. In this webinar, Dr. Mina Sedrak will discuss the opportunities and challenges of harnessing fundamental aging processes to improve cancer therapeutics and reduce the burden of accelerated aging in cancer patients and survivors. Dr. George Kuchel will highlight how an approach pioneered at the Older Americans Independence “Pepper” Center at UConn (P30AG067988) called Precision Gerontology can help improve patient-centered outcomes by guiding the development and implementation of interventions targeting the biology and heterogeneity of aging.

NIH OITE – Raising A Resilient Scientist Workshop Series

The NIH OITE is pleased to offer the RAISING A RESILIENT SCIENTIST series for faculty, staff scientists, and administrators who mentor students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences. A variety of topics will be covered with a specific focus on communication and shared problem-solving to help trainees deal with the inevitable setbacks experienced in high knowledge environments. The goal of the Raising a Resilient Scientist series is to promote the mental health and well-being of the academic research community by supporting faculty and administrators to develop self-management, relationship-management, and mentoring skills. There will be five units in the series and start on November 9, 2022

Visit this link for registration info for each workshop:

8th Biennial International Cancer and Cognition Task Force Meeting
January 30 and 31, 2023 • Town and Country Resort • San Diego, CA

This meeting will occur just prior to the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting. Abstract submission deadline is November 1, 2022, and submission instructions will be announced soon.
Please visit the ICCTF website for more information and updates.

AACR Special Conference on Aging and Cancer
Nov. 17-20, 2022 • Hilton San Diego Bayfront  • San Diego, CA

Make plans to submit an abstract and join cochairs Steven E. Artandi, Joanna L. Groden, and Eileen P. White for the first AACR Special Conference on Aging and Cancer. The program will explore how cellular and microenvironmental factors combine with extrinsic factors, such as stress and racial injustice, to impact aging processes and cancer development.
Click Here to learn more and to submit an abstract

Population Science and Cancer and Aging Research”
Friday, November 11th, 2022 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Speaker: Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Mandelblatt is Professor of Oncology and Medicine and founding director of the Georgetown Lombardi Institute for Cancer and Aging (GLICA) Research.  
For over three decades, her collaborative, discipline-spanning, and practice-changing translational, clinical and population health research, continuously supported by the NIH and others has focused at the intersection of cancer, aging, and disparities.  She and her colleagues have harnessed population health, clinical trial, and outcomes data, coupled with sophisticated modeling approaches to inform practice guidelines, healthcare policy, personalized medicine and shared decision making.  As well, her work has revealed basic mechanisms for bidirectional interactions between cancer and chemotherapy with aging and its functional and cognitive consequences.
Her talk will provide a detailed introduction to these approaches, how they are used to inform and improve care, and how they are now driving new basic, translational, and clinical research.

The 2022 Waterman Lecture: ‘Falls and aging — the need for biomedical solutions to a global problem’
Monday, September 12th | 1:00PM EST

Dr. Lara Thompson will discuss robotic training methods used in her lab at the University of the District of Columbia, which could help improve balance in aging individuals. Dr. Thompson is the founding director of the Biomedical Engineering Program and the Center for Biomechanical & Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of the District of Columbia. She investigates assistive technologies and robotics aimed at improving balance in elderly individuals and survivors of stroke.

PNIRS Speaker Series Presents: A Live Presentation and Q&A with
Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu, PhD | Tel Aviv University

Stress and Cancer: Epidemiological Findings, Animal Studies, and Perioperative Interventions in Cancer Patients
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 | 4 p.m. GMT | 11 a.m. EDT

UN Decade of Healthy Ageing: Doing Business Differently
Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 | 11:00 – 12:00 EST

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2021–2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. But while the UN Decade builds on existing mandates and initiatives, it also represents a new beginning recognising that if we are to be successful at delivering the change that is needed, we need new ways of working.
In this first UN General Assembly side event on the Decade since its declaration, you will:

  • learn about key developments and innovations achieved in the first 18 months;
  • celebrate the Healthy Ageing 50 – 50 leaders transforming the world to be a better place to grow older; and
  • be one of the first to learn about an exciting new opportunity to engage with Governments, non-Government organizations, business associations, academics, and international organizations.

This will be a hybrid event and registration is required. The full programme as well as further details about options to attend in person will be published closer to the date.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting on Mechanisms of Aging
September 27 – October 1, 2022

Webinar: Healthcare Delivery Research and Opportunities in Older Adults with Cancer
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will feature the work of 2021-2022 NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholar, Dr. Virginia Sun, Ph.D., R.N., who will present findings from her project on NIH-funded studies focused on cancer and aging. This study aims to describe the currently active NIH/NCI-funded research grant portfolio that targets the care of older adults with cancer and their family caregivers across the cancer continuum, as well as develop and disseminate a health care delivery research framework for older adults with cancer.

GUMC Healthy Aging Symposium
July 14th, 2022 | Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, 10 am – 4 pm

The GUMC Center for Healthy Aging, the Aging and Alzheimer’s Research Training Program, the Georgetown Aging and Health Program, and the Georgetown Lombardi Institute for Cancer and Aging Research are pleased to sponsor our first annual symposium focused on aging.

This symposium is open to the entire Georgetown University community and its community partners. Presenters will be addressing critical issues in aging research, policy and care from cells to society and include transdisciplinary researchers from several Georgetown Schools, cross-campus programs, community groups, MedStar Health and the NIH.

Our goal is to have attendees get to know others interested in aging, describe resources, and stimulate people coming together to form new teams to address challenges of an aging society.

Thursday, January 27th at 4PM ET
Judith Campisi, PhD
Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

“Cellular senescence: Quo vadis?”
Abstract: Cellular senescence is a state with both beneficial and deleterious consequences for complex organisms. Senescent cells arrest growth, essentially irreversibly, resist cell death and develop a complex senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). The SASP includes inflammatory molecules chemokines, cytokines and DAMPS, proteases and bioactive lipids. Mouse models show that senescent cells are prime drivers of many diverse age-related pathologies, including median (but not maximum) life span. I will discuss the challenges of dissecting the beneficial from the deleterious effects of senescence, the development of drugs that can selectively kill senescent cells or suppress modules of the SASP, some large outstanding questions in the field of aging biology and the promise of living substantially healthier, if not longer, lives.

“Tracking the Pace of Biological Aging Across Adulthood: Opportunities to Prevent Age-Related Diseases”
Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD
Professor of Social Development King’s College, London & Nannerl O. Keohane University
Professor of Psychology, Duke University
Thursday, March 15th at 1pm EST

Monday, May 2, 2022 (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT)
WEBINAR: Preclinical, Clinical, and Biobehavioral Insights into Aging-Related Breast Cancer Survivorship Outcomes

Two experts will present preclinical and clinical cancer and aging insights from the Thinking and Living with Cancer (TLC) Study. They will also discuss biobehavioral modifiers of aging, highlighting the role of sleep as a potential intervention target.
Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH and Judith E. Carroll, PhD

The Hartford Talks: Geriatric Oncology in the Medical Home Model
Andrew E. Chapman DO, FACP

Learning Objectives:  As a result of participating in this Live Activity, participants should be able to:

  • Apply geriatric assessment and best practice interventions to ensure quality and safe care for the older adult with cancer
  • List the role of the inter-professional team in supporting the older adult with cancer
  • Explain the Medical Home Model and its impact on patient & family experience,  quality outcomes and patient safety 
  • Explore the Medical Home Model applied to older adults with cancer

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship Director’s Series in Partnership with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities presents:

Biopsychosocial Factors and Cancer: Impact on the Tumor Immune Microenvironment
Guillermo N. Armaiz-Peña, PhD
Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET