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The epidemiology of aging

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Concurrent Symposia Session I

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Classrooms 6 and 7


  • Francesca Macchiarini, NIAID
  • Evan Hadley, NIA


Major medical advances made in the last century have substantially raised life expectancy worldwide. As a result, the average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate, such that by the year 2050 one out of five people in the world is projected to be over the age of sixty. This significant demographic transformation brings with it an increase in the overall burden of chronic disease and disability, leading to a surge in the demand for medical care and social needs. By focusing on the health, functional status, and quality of life of representative human populations throughout the entire lifespan, geriatric epidemiology has made invaluable contributions to our understanding of the health status and functional trajectory of older individuals and has been instrumental in generating interventions aimed at improving the life of millions of older individuals.

Building on the platform of frailty: from humans to mice
Luigi Ferrucci, NIA

Age and blood gene expression studies in 20,000 humans reveal new aging genes
Andrew Johnson, NHLBI

Addressing mortality in longitudinal studies of older adults
Michelle Shardell, NIA

Sedentary behavior, physical activity, and health
Chuck Matthews, NCI

Oral leukoplakia and oral cavity cancer risk among elderly adults in the U.S. 2002-2009; FARE award winner
Elizabeth Yanik, NCI

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