Spring 2017 Research Forum: Re-Imagining Aging Research


Library and Gallery, Albin O. Kuhn : 7th Floor

Date & Time

May 5, 2017, 8:00 am1:30 pm


RSVPs required - please RSVP at this link.

This is the Spring 2017 iteration of the semi-annual UMBC Research Forum series, which brings together researchers and scientists from across the UMBC community and external partners to establish and grow meaningful collaborations around common research themes.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, this Research Forum aims to increase collaborations between researchers from different campus units who are doing work related to aging.

Prior Research Forums have focused on such topics as "Social Sciences and Human Health;" "High-Performance Computing;" "Climate Change and the Environment;" and "Seeing Science: Photography, Science and Visual Culture."

We encourage you to actively participate in today’s event, learn from the keynote presentation, contribute to the panel discussions, and meet new colleagues during the poster sessions.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Luigi Ferrucci serves as the Scientific Director of the NIH's National Institute on Aging (NIA). He is a geriatrician and an epidemiologist who conducts research on the causal pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons. In September 2002, he became the Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section at NIA and from 2002 to 2014 was the Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging. Dr. Ferrucci has redesigned the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging to retain the wealth of data collected over more than 50 years while introducing new questions on the nature of aging emerged in the recent literature.

Dr. Ferrucci has made major contributions in the design of many epidemiological studies conducted in the U.S. and in Europe, including the European Longitudinal Study on Aging, the "ICare Dicomano Study," the AKEA study of Centenarians in Sardinia and the Women's Health and Aging Study. He was also the Principal Investigator of the InCHIANTI study, a longitudinal study conducted in the Chianti Geographical area (Tuscany, Italy) looking at risk factors for mobility disability in older persons.

Dr. Ferrucci received a Medical Degree and Board Certification in 1980, a Board Certification in Geriatrics in 1982 and Ph.D. in Biology and Pathophysiology of Aging in 1998 at the University of Florence, Italy. He spent a 2- year internship at the Intensive Care Unit of the Florence Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and was for many years Associate Professor of Biology, Human Physiology and Statistics at the University of Florence. Between 1985 and 2002 he was Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging. During the same period, he collaborated with the NIA Laboratory of Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry where he spent several periods as Visiting Scientist.

8:00 amRegistration and Coffee
8:20 amWelcome

– Philip J. Rous, Provost, UMBC
8:30 amKeynote: “A Nutritional Pathway to Aging Well”

– Luigi Ferrucci, Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging (NIH)
9:30 amDynamic Aging: From Neighborhoods Through Healthcare Settings
 Moderator – Judah Ronch, Dean, The Erickson School
 – John Schumacher, Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy
 – Nancy Kusmaul, Social Work
 – Sarah Chard, Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy
10:30 amCoffee Break and Poster Session
10:50 pmObservations – Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President
11:00 amThe Aging Continuum: Genes, Technology, and Policy
 Moderator – Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research
 – Ravi Kuber, Information Systems
 – Jeff Leips, Biological Sciences
 – Nancy Miller, Public Policy
12:00 pmReflections – Karl V. Steiner, Vice President for Research
12:15 pmBuffet Luncheon and Poster Session
1:30 pmResearch Forum Concludes

RSVPs required - please RSVP at this link.