The Future of Aging Research

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Now in it’s third year, University Seminar 775 “The Future of Aging Research” explores the range and limits of the modifiability of aging.  The subtopic for 2017 is “stress” as a fundamental mechanism of life and driver of aging.  Frances Champagne, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, kicked of this topic with her talk “Lasting Biological Impact of Stress” building on a prior session that featured Steve Horvath of UCLA and his DNA Methylation Clock.  As discussant, Jennifer Manly, Associate Professor in Neuropsychology, probed the core faculty about how to operationalize stress for disparities research and an examination of how socioeconomic status is linked to health and thereby to aging.  “The Future of Aging Research” is chaired by Columbia faculty members Frank Lichtenberg, Martin Picard and Ursula Staudinger.

Professor Frank Lichtenberg

Professor Martin Picard

Professor Ursula M. Staudinger

Christina Norwood



09/13/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Epigenetic clock: recent biological insights and applications
Steve Horvath, PhD, Professor, Human Genetics and Biostatistics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles

12/06/2016 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Mitochondria as the “X” Factor in Gene x Environment Interactions that Shape Aging Trajectories
Martin Picard, Ph.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

02/07/2017 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Lasting Biological Impact of Stress
Frances A. Champagne, Ph.D., Columbia University

04/11/2017 Faculty House
6:00 PM
Protective Factors Vis-à-vis the Stresses of Life and Their Underlying Mechanisms
Carol Ryff, Ph.D., Institute on Aging, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconson