Research Summit

Update: Since the conclusion of the summit, the Geroscience Interest Group published a list of recommendations from the meeting. You can view them here.

Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease


Date and Location

Wednesday, October 30 – Thursday, October 31, 2013
The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45 located on the National Institutes of Health campus)
Bethesda, Maryland

A scientific conference in which 50 renowned scientists discussed the extent to which the physiological effects of aging represent a common major risk factor for most chronic diseases affecting the aging population.
Videos from Day 1 & 2 of the Summit:


In addition to a plenary session launched by Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there were seven scientific sessions on inflammation, adaptation to stress, epigenetics and regulatory RNA, metabolism, macromolecular damage, proteostasis, and stem cells and regeneration. The Summit program was developed by the Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) at the NIH, a recently  formed group focused on the relationships between aging and age-related disease and disability. The GSIG is among the largest trans-NIH interest groups.

Summit Objectives

  • To use the foundational concepts of geroscience to understand basic cellular and molecular underpinnings of aging as a principal risk factor for a variety of chronic diseases
  • To explore common mechanisms governing relationships between aging and chronic diseases
  • To identify new pathways for research collaboration


Download the preliminary agenda. If you would like to share this event with colleagues, please download this PowerPoint slide that can be incorporated into your presentations.

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