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Healthy Aging in the Era of Pandemics: Symposium of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging

The UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging invites you to the virtual symposium:

Healthy Aging in the Era of Pandemics

October 22, 2021, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST

This day-long event showcasing our latest research on aging will be held online on Friday, October 22, 2021. Topics will include wisdom and social connections, healthy lifestyle and physical exercise, getting a good night’s sleep, technology for seniors, electronic psychotherapies, magnetic brain stimulation, and more.

Please see the agenda below.

Please click the button above to register. The Zoom link will be sent to registered participants before the event.


​8:30 - 9:00 am


Danielle Glorioso, LCSW, Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging
David Brenner, MD, Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences, UC San Diego
Sandra Brown, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research, UC San Diego
Natasha Josefowitz, PhD, Poet, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Professor of Management

​9:00 - 10:00 am

​Wisdom, Social Connections, and the Pandemic 

Chair: Alison Moore, MD, MPH, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Care, UC San Diego

Speaker: Dilip Jeste, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, UC San Diego

​10 am - 11 am

​Panel on Electronic Psychotherapies/Cognitive Remediation

Chair: Elizabeth Twamley, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Tarek Rajji, MD, Executive Director, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
John Torous, MD, MBI, Director, Digital Psychiatry Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

​11 am - 12 pm

​Panel on Nutrition (Omega-3) and Physical Exercise

Chair: Brian Martis, MD, Professor of Psychiatry & Deputy Vice Chair, Veterans Healthcare, UC San Diego

Mark Rapaport, MD, CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute and Chair of Psychiatry, University of Utah Health
Jeanne Nichols, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences, San Diego State University & Program Director, UCSD DXA School

​12 pm - 1 pm

​Panel on Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Chair: Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Ellen Lee, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego, Staff Psychiatrist, VA Healthcare
Atul Malhotra, MD, Professor and Research Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, UC San Diego

​1 pm - 1:30 pm


​1:30 - 2:30 pm

​Panel on Aging in Marginalized Communities

Chair: Lisa Eyler, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Psychiatry Department Chair's Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues, UC San Diego

Maria Marquine, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Disparities Research, UC San Diego Division of Geriatrics
Lauren Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Management and Policy, San Diego State University

​2:30 - 3:30 pm

​Panel on Technology for Seniors

Chair: Ramesh Rao, PhD, Director, Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego Div. of California Institute for Telecommunications & Information Technology

Tom Kamber, Founder & Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) and Senior Planet
Eric Granholm, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Center for Mental Health Technology at UC San Diego and VA Healthcare

​3:30 - 4:30 pm 

Panel on Magnetic Brain Stimulation

Chair: Jyoti Mishra, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

Jeff Daskalakis, MD, PhD, Professor and Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Endowed Chair of Psychiatry, UC San Diego
Dhakshin Ramanathan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego

The Symposium is supported, in part, by:


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