Celebrating Research on Aging

November 9, 2022  //  12:00pm-6:00pm

The Aging Institute will hold its 13th Annual Research Day on Aging on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the University Club. This event highlights pioneering basic, translational and clinical research on Aging from across the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

Please join us as our panel of experts present an overview of their innovative programs and ongoing projects followed by poster presentations illustrating groundbreaking research on aging. Our keynote speaker will be Richard Hodes, MD, Director, National Institute of Aging at the National Institutes of Health. The afternoon will conclude with an award ceremony followed by a wine and cheese reception.

All Abstracts will be accepted. Be sure to submit early!

Keynote Speaker

Richard J. Hodes, MD

Richard J. Hodes, M.D., is the Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Hodes, a leading researcher in the field of immunology, was named to head the NIA in 1993.

The NIA leads the Federal effort supporting and conducting research on the biological, clinical, behavioral and social aspects of aging. Dr. Hodes has devoted his tenure to the development of a strong, diverse and balanced research program. This has led to new and innovative ways to conduct research, share data and translate findings into practice. Basic biologic research is examining genetic and other factors influencing aging, how they affect longevity and the development of age related diseases. Research in geriatrics is uncovering new ways to combat frailty and improve function with age. Behavioral and social research is deepening understanding of the individual behaviors and societal decisions that affect well-being.

Dr. Hodes also directs the Federal effort to find effective ways to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as the NIA is the lead NIH institute for this mission. Cutting edge research conducted and supported by the NIA, often in collaboration across institutes at the NIH, has helped to revolutionize the way we think about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Studies in genetics, basic mechanisms, imaging and biomarkers have spurred the development of potential therapies aimed at a variety of targets and the testing of interventions at the earliest signs of disease.

Dr. Hodes’ research laboratory in the National Cancer Institute focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the immune response. Additional background is available at the lab’s website.

A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Hodes received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a member of The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Research Highlight Speakers

Moderator: Stacey Rizzo, PhD

Babak Razani, MD

Professor of Medicine
Director, Center for Immunometabolism, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC
Chief of Cardiology, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center
From arsonist to firefighter: Reprogramming macrophages in atherosclerosis and obesity

Matthew Steinhauser, MD

Associate Professor
Division of Cardiology
Aging Institute
Fat, Fasting and the Search for Metabolic Health and Longevity

J. Timothy Greenamyre, MD, PhD

Love Family Professor &* Vice-Chair of Neurology
Director, Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Environmental Triggers of Parkinson’s Disease

Karl Herrup, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Alzheimer’s Disease 2022: Data and Diatribes

Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology
Vice Chair for Research, Epidemiology
Associate Director for Clinical Translation, Aging Institute
Brain and Mobility Resilience to Aging: A Story of Music and High Heels

David Nace, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Senior Communities
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Director of Long Term Care and Flu Programs
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Shaping the Future of Long Term Care through Pandemic-Driven Innovation


September 6, 2022

Abstract Submission Form Opens


October 21, 2022

Abstract Submission Form Closes

November 9, 2022

Poster Drop-Off

Ballroom A – University Club

Poster Guidelines


Posters Presentations will be in the Ballroom from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Push pins will be provided to you to attach your presentation to the poster panel
The poster board surface is 4’ high and 6’ wide.
Keep in mind that your poster will be viewed at a distance of 3 feet so be sure that all typescript is large enough to be read from this distance.
Charts, photos, print outs of slides, etc. may be individually attached to the poster board surface with pins (which, as previously mentioned, will be provided to you) or you can attach one large poster to the panel.
Do NOT use heavy cardboard for any part of your presentation; the pins will not be strong enough to keep it affixed to the board.
Keep it simple. Overly decorative poster boards can distract from the content of your presentation.
Adding blocks of color to your presentation can be a great way to differentiate sections (Methods, Results, etc) from one another
DO NOT WRITE OR PAINT ON THE POSTER BOARDS. The boards are being rented and must be returned to the company that afternoon.
Poster tear-down will be after 5:00 pm
Please contact me by email if you have any questions/concerns.