Healthy Aging Catalyst
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Rutgers Catalyst: Healthy Aging Symposium

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Program Objectives:

To foster a platform to ignite interdisciplinary and translational aging research initiatives across Rutgers Universityin line with the Institute of Health’s central mission. As an official kick off to this initiative, the Institute for Health willhost a symposium to highlight existing research across all Rutgers campuses.


Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research 112 Paterson Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Reception and Introduction: 8:00-8:15 AM

Sherri-Ann Butterfield, PhD, Executive Vice Chancellor, Newark

Francine Conway, PhD, Dean GSAPP, New Brunswick

XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, Director IFH, RBHS

Michael Palis, PhD, Provost Rutgers Camden

Keynote speaker: 8:15-9:00 AM

Robin Barr, PhD, Director of Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute on Aging

Clinical Geriatrics: 9:00-10:30 AM

Introducer: (Ev Liebman) / Moderator (Jessica Israel)

Rena Zelig, DCN, RDN, CDE, CSG – Dept. Nutritional Sci., Sch. of Health Professions, RBHS Dentition Status, Nutritional Status and eating Experience in Older Adults. Read more here: PPT

Fred Kobylarz, MD, MPH – Dept. of Family Medicine and Comm. Health, RWJ Medical School, RBHS The Ethnogeriatric Imperative: Current and Future Perspectives. Read more here: PPT

Kristin August, PhD – Dept. of Psychology, Sch. of Arts and Sciences, CAM Influence of Family Health Behaviors in Older Adults with Diabetes. Read more here: PPT

Olga F. Jarrín Montaner, PhD, RN – School of Nursing, Institute for Health, RBHS Demographic and Socioeconomic Factors Associated with Survival after a Diagnosis of Dementia. Read more here: PPT

Lunch and Networking: 12:15-1:00 PM

Neuroscience and Aging: 10:45-12:15 AM

Introducer: (Denise Gavala) / Moderator (Gary Aston-Jones)

Michael W. Cole, PhD – Center for Molecular and Behav. Neurosci., Graduate School, Newark Brain Network Mechanisms of Aging-Related Cognitive Decline. Read more here: PPT

Joshua Miller, PhD – Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, Sch. of Enviro. and Bio. Sciences, NB Micronutrient Supplementation and the Aging Brain. Read more here: PPT

M. Maral Mouradian, MD – Dept. of Neurology, RWJ Medical School, RBHS Molecular Pathogenesis of Parkinson’s Disease and Therapeutic Strategies. Read more here: PPT

Mauricio Delgado, PhD – Dept. of Psychology, Sch. of Arts and Sciences, Newark Emotional regulation, Coping, and Cognitive Function. Read more here: PPT

Biology of Aging: 1:00-2:30 PM

Introducer: (Richard Novak) / Moderator (Karen Stubaus)

Monica Driscoll, PhD – Dept Molecular Biology and Biochem., Sch. Of Arts and Sciences, NB Insights into Healthspan and Neurodegeneration in C. elegans. Read more here: PPT

Utz Herbig, PhD – Dept. Microbio., Biochem. & Molec. Genetics, NJ Medical School, RBHS Telomeres Disfunction-Induced Senescence in Aging and Disease. Read more here: PPT

Qian Cai, MD, PhD – Dept. of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Sch. of Arts and Sciences, NB Mitophagy Regulation in Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more here: PPT

Tracy Anthony, PhD – Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, Sch. of Enviro. and Bio. Sciences, NB Dietary Protein and Healthy Aging: Controversies and Mechanisms. Read more here: PPT

Behavioral and Social Science: 2:45-4:15 PM

Introducer: (Gwendolyn Mahon) / Moderator (Susan Reinhard)

Laura Pizzi, PharmD, MPH – Dept. of Pharmacy Practice and Admin., Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, RBHS. Read more here: PPT

Emily Greenfield, PhD – School of Social Work, Institute for Health, NB Examining how Healthy Brain Aging Begins in Childhood. Read more here: PPT

Jen-Hao Chen, PhD – Dept. of Sociology, Sch. of Arts and Sciences, CAM Age, Cohort and Gender Variations in Problem Sleep. Read more here: PPT

Michelle Zechner, PhD – Dept. of Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Counseling Professions, Sch. of Health Professions, RBHS. Read more here: PPT

Steering Committee:

Dr. Monica Driscoll – Professor Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, NB

Dr. Cecile Feldman-Zohn – Dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, RBHS

Ms. Denise Gavala – Associate Vice President for Development at Rutgers, RBHS

Dr. Jessica Israel – Director James & Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute, Barnabas Health Systems

Dr. Richard Novak – Vice President Division of Continuing Studies at Rutgers, Academic Affairs

Dr. Laura Pizzi – Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, RBHS

Dr. Susan Reinhard – Senior Vice President of Public Policy Institute, AARP

Dr. Karen Stubaus – Vice President Academic Affairs at Rutgers, Academic Affairs


Dr. Sherri-Ann Butterfield – Executive Vice Chancellor, School of Arts and Sciences, Newark

Dr. Francine Conway – Dean of Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, NB

Dr. XinQi Dong – Director Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, RBHS

Dr. Michael Palis – Provost Rutgers-University Camden, School of Computer Science, Camden