Human Longevity: Symposium of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging

What it takes to live to 100 and beyond? To what extent do our genes really dictate longevity? What can we do to enhance successful aging? Are there any scientific strategies in the pipeline? What is the secret of a few regions in the world where there is a high concentration of  people that live beyond 100 years old?

These and many more fascinating questions will be addressed during our annual Symposium of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging held on June 6 at Atkinson Hall Auditorium on the UC San Diego campus.

Please join us for this day-long event and explore the latest research on longevity and strategies to continue living a vibrant and thriving life —important information for people of any age.

The symposium will feature keynote speakers and multidisciplinary panels with prominent experts from across the country and abroad.

REGISTRATION is required before June 6. Click here to register.

Approaches to Human Longevity

J. Craig Venter, PhD, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute will be the keynote speaker with a talk titled "Approaches to Human Longevity." Regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research, Dr. Venter's team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, and sequenced the human genome - this research culminated with the February 2001 publication of the human genome in the journal, Science. Dr. Venter and his team continue to blaze new trails in genomics. They have sequenced and analyzed hundreds of genomes, and have published numerous important papers covering such areas as environmental genomics,and the groundbreaking advance in creating the first self-replicating bacterial cell constructed entirely with synthetic DNA.

Longevity and Aging: An Overview

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has published over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 12 books, including Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging (2009), Prevention in Mental Health (2011), and Positive Psychiatry (2015). He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute for Scientific Information’s list of the “world's most cited authors”--comprising fewer than 0.5% of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades. His work has been featured in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, National Public Radio, PBS, Public Radio International, London Times, and the Colbert Report, among others. 

Osteoporosis: Hope for the Future 

Robert Sackstein, MD, PhD, Dean of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs, Florida International University will give a talk on Curing Osteoporosis: Hope for the Future. Dr. Sackstein is a bone marrow transplant physician and an international expert on osteoporosis and glycoscience, a branch of science concerned with the role of sugars in biological systems. His work has yielded strategies to optimize cell-based therapeutics to regenerate damaged tissue and combat cancer.

CIAO (Cilento on Aging Outcomes Study)

In remote Italian villages nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains lives a group of several hundred citizens over the age of 90. This region has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine are collaborating on a large study to answer this question and offer insights for clinicians and all of us. Salvatore Di Somma (pictured), MD, PhD, Professor Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine, University of La Sapienza Rome, Italy, will be joined by Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at UC San Diego and David Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, UC San Diego, to discuss first findings. 

Longevity and Genomics

Longevity and Genomics will be explored by Nicholas J. Schork, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, and Professor, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. Dr. Schork's interest and expertise are in the areas of quantitative human genetics and genomics, especially the design and implementation of methodologies used to dissect the genetic basis of complex traits and diseases.

Successful Aging: Insights from Local Successful Agers

This panel will be led by Danielle Glorioso, LCSW, Executive Director, Center for Healthy Aging, Stein Institute for Research on Aging, University of California San Diego. She will discuss the challenges of growing older and strategies for successful aging with Natasha Josefowitz, PhD, Author, Poet, and Professor, and Hedges Capers, Actor, Director, Musician. 

Parking and shuttle information coming soon.

REGISTRATION is required and space is limited. Click here to register.

Please note: Beverages, lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided for attendees of the symposium. Breakfast will NOT be provided.

Thank you to our sponsors and event partners!


For more information about this event, please e-mail or call 858-534-6299.