University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)


The Healthy Aging Advance half day retreat is hosted by SPRIG (Stimulating Pittsburgh Research in Geroscience) at the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 from 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will be held at The University Club located in Oakland. This retreat serves as a forum to bring together a collaborative community of scientists for the exchange of knowledge and research resources to investigate the basic biology of aging and age-related diseases.

The event will feature keynote speaker, Mark Tarnopolsky, MD, PhD, FRCP(C), from McMaster University Medical Center. The title of his talk will be: “Aging and Exosomes: Is Aging a Failure of Inter-cellular Communication?” The retreat will also highlight research resources on campus including banked tissue samples, biological imaging, innovative techniques in aging and mitochondria research, as well as other important resources from our collaborating partners: the Aging Institute, the Pittsburgh Claude D. Pepper Center, and the Center for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Medicine.

SPRIG investigates the basic mechanisms underlying diseases associated with aging, including mitochondrial disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disorders, and neurodegenerative disease. We anticipate this retreat program will be very interactive and lead to a wealth of knowledge and resources that will spur collaborative aging research. Registration for this retreat is free.