Wisdom, Compassion and Longevity: Symposium of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging

 From the nature of wisdom and happiness, to the evolutionary value of grandparents and the future roles of education and technology, noted experts from across the country gathered on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, for an all-day symposium on what it means to grow older and wiser, happily and healthfully. 

This special symposium titled, “Wisdom, Compassion, and Longevity” was hosted by the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and the Stein Institute for Research on Aging on the UC San Diego main campus and drew more than four hundred researchers, staff, and members of the public. 

This unique event provided an opportunity for leaders in the field to come together to discuss the various aspects of wisdom as it relates to longevity and aging and spanned a full day of presentations from diverse fields. 

The topics included

• practical wisdom;
• happiness, virtue, and the meaning of life;
• wisdom and frontotemporal dementia;
• wisdom and longevity;
• grandparent genes;
• evolution of human social and emotional functions;
• societal implications of emerging trends in education and technology.


Wisdom and Aging: An Overview - Dilip Jeste, MD Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging & Senior Care Distinguished Professor, Psychiatry and Neurosciences University of California San Diego


Practical Wisdom - Howard Nusbaum, PhD Director, Center for Practical Wisdom University of Chicago


Wisdom & Frontotemporal Dementia Bruce Miller, MD Director, Memory and Aging Center, Professor of Neurology University of California San Francisco 


Evolution and Longevity - Rachel Caspari, PhD Professor and Chair of Anthropology Central Michigan University 


Grandparent Genes - Pascal Gagneux, PhD Associate Professor, Pathology Associate Director, CCARTA University of California San Diego 


Evolution of Human Social & Emotional Functions - Katerina Semendeferi, PhD & Emotional Functions Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego


Thank you to our sponsors and event partners!


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