National Expert on Diabetes and Aging To Keynote U Center on Aging Research Retreat

National Expert on Diabetes and Aging To Keynote U Center on Aging Research Retreat

Feb 22, 2008 3:00 PM

The University of Utah Center on Aging will hold its annual research retreat on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 28-29, with a national expert from the University of Michigan giving this year’s keynote address on a health-care issue that will affect more and more people in the coming years: diabetes and the elderly.

The retreat, open to the public, will take place in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building south of University of Utah Hospital. Activities get under way on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 28, with a reception and poster presentations highlighting the latest aging research by Center on Aging faculty and students. The reception and poster presentations run from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will give the public and researchers a chance to discuss various aspects of geriatrics research and health care.

On Friday morning, from 8:30-9:30, Jeffery B. Halter, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Geriatrics and director of the Geriatrics Center and Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address, “Diabetes, Aging, and Longevity: The Insulin Paradox.”

The author of hundreds of articles and book chapters, Halter researches how the body’s neuroendocrine system—the group of neurons that produce hormones—regulates metabolism in aging and in type 2 diabetes. He also studies regulation of the autonomic nervous system, which is part of the peripheral nervous system and affects heart and respiration rates, digestion, urination, and other critical body functions and processes.

Halter is past president and chair of the American Geriatrics Society, has served as chair of the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America, and is a former associate editor of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition, Halter serves on several national advisory panels on aging and geriatrics research.

“It is indeed an honor to have Dr. Halter highlight this year’s retreat,” said Mark A. Supiano, M.D., director of the Center on Aging, chief of the geriatrics division, and one of Halter’s former trainees. “The retreat will be a great opportunity for our faculty to share their current research findings with each other and Dr. Halter.”

Following Halter’s address, from 9:45 a.m. to noon, the recipients of six pilot grants from the Center on Aging will discuss their projects. Topics will range from aging-related loss of the sense of smell to the onset and progression of the eye disease glaucoma, and the use of brain imaging to identify impaired “executive function”—the skill that gives people the ability to remember and connect the past with the present—in early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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University of Utah Center on Aging
Phone: (801) 585-9540
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University of Utah Health Sciences Public Affairs
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