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Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care Holds its Second Annual Aging Symposium

The Weill Cornell Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care held its Second Annual Aging Symposium on October 11, 2001 in Uris Auditorium. The annual Aging Symposium focuses on aging research readily translatable to clinical geriatrics. Dean Antonio M. Gotto, Jr., MD, established the Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care in January of 2000 in order to improve the quality of life of older adults. Leaders in gerontology and neuroscience are invited to the Annual Aging Symposium to update the scientific community on current research and clinical trends in aging-related research and geriatric medicine.

Lisa Staiano-Coico, PhD, Senior Associate Dean for Research, presented the welcoming address. Ronald Adelman, MD, Center Director, moderated the event, giving an overview of the Center's activities during the past year. The Keynote speaker was Sharon Inouye, MD, MPH from the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Inouye's research explores risk factors and prevention of delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older patients. Following her keynote address titled "Delirium: Risk Factors and Prevention," presentations included talks by Cornell faculty members Nicholas D. Schiff, MD, on cognitive disabilities and their possible remediation, and Michael Lin, MD, on DNA mutations in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Christopher Murphy, PhD, a Postdoctoral Fellow of Neuropsychology in Psychiatry, spoke on geriatric depression. James F. Bartscher, a second-year medical student, presented a talk on the association between Alzheimer's disease and oxidative stress, based on his research in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology this summer as a participant in the Medical Student Summer Scholar Program in Aging, funded by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation and administered by the American Federation for Aging Research.

The Symposium concluded with a wine and cheese poster session on a broad range of topics, from provider communication as a key to treatment in late-life depression, to the role of the ß-amyloid peptide in Alzheimer's disease. Nineteen Center Pilot Grantees and other Cornell researchers in Aging presented scientific posters on their projects and answered questions to all who were interested.

Following the session, medical students from Cornell's Geriatrics Interest Group attended a dinner with keynote speaker, Dr. Inouye, and other faculty members. The students discussed their summer research, residency programs, and future career goals with Dr. Inouye and other geriatric faculty members. The Center is indebted to our speakers and everyone who helped make this year's symposium a resounding success.

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