Center for Healthy Aging Fall Research Symposium

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023
8 am - 1:30 pm

Join Us!

The Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) invites you to attend its Fall Research Symposium highlighting current aging research at Stony Brook and announcing winners of the latest round of CHA Pilot Grants. Mr. Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging, will offer insights on New York's Master Plan for Aging and related research opportunities. Dr. Vishwa Deep Dixit, Director of Yale's Center for Aging Research, will deliver Medical Grand Rounds and discuss exciting new avenues for collaborative aging research.

Registration for the event is has closed

Please register by November 24.

The program will be held in two locations: the morning in the MART Auditorium and the afternoon in the Hospital Pavilion – 4W-010. Lunch will be served in the Hospital Pavilion.



Center for Healthy Aging Research: Shaping the Vision
MART Auditorium

7:15 – 7:45 am Coffee, Registration
7:45 – 8 am Welcome Remarks
William A. Wertheim, MD, MBA
Interim Executive Vice President for Health Sciences
Endowed Chair in Graduate Medical Education
Stony Brook University
8 – 9 am

Medical Grand Rounds (virtual and live)
Caloric Restriction: Impact on the SPARCC protein, Inflammation and Aging

Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD
Director, Yale Center for Research on Aging
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Pathology, Immunobiology and of Comparative Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

**If you are joining virtually via Zoom, use this meeting link:

Meeting ID: 942 8446 3017

Passcode: 425906

Anyone may join regardless of department. Just be sure your first and last name show up as the display name on Zoom in order to receive credit.

9 – 9:15 am Introduction of new Vice Dean for Research and Morning Guest Speakers
Peter Igarashi, MD
Professor of Medicine and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine
9:15 – 9:55 am New York State’s Master Plan for Aging: Research Opportunities Related to the Goals and Desired Outcomes of the Plan
Greg Olsen, MSW
Acting Director, New York State Office for the Aging
9:55 – 10:30 am Exciting new directions and opportunities in the field of collaborative aging research
Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD
Director, Yale Center for Research on Aging
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Pathology, Immunobiology and of Comparative Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
10:30 – 10:45 am Break


Highlights of Current Stony Brook Aging Research
MART Auditorium

Moderator: Christine DeLorenzo, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering, Director, Center for Understanding Biology using Imaging Technology (CUBIT), Stony Brook University
Interim Co-Director, CHA

10:45 – 10:55 am Quick Overview and Introduction of Speakers
Christine DeLorenzo, PhD
10:55 – 11:15 am Introduction of Cholinergic Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease
Mala Rajam Ananth, PhD, Stony Brook Alumna
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
11:15 – 11:30 am Home-based Sensors to Support Healthy Aging
Fan Ye, PhD
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University
11:30 – 11:45 am Life in the fast lane: utilizing the short-lived African killifish for lifelong experiments in aging research
Chi-Kuo Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Stony Brook University
11:45 am – Noon TDP-43 Proteinopathies: Role for Retrotransposons in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Roger Sher, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior, Stony Brook University
Noon – 12:30 pm Break and Move to New Location for Lunch and Networking — Hospital Pavilion, 4W-010


Initial Workshop Awardee Lectures and Announcement of the New Center for Healthy Aging Research Awardees
Hospital Pavilion, 4W-010

Moderator: Suzanne Fields, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division Chief, General Medicine, Geriatrics and Hospital Medicine, Renaissance School of Medicine

12:30 – 12:45 pm Gratitude to Senior Leadership and Reviewers for Support, Introduction of First CHA Pilot Grant Awardees
Suzanne Fields, MD
12:45 – 1 pm CHA Pilot Award Winner: Secondary Falls Prevention through a Post-ER Multidisciplinary Home Visit
Adam Singer, MD
Professor and Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine, Renaissance School of Medicine
1 – 1:15 pm CHA Pilot Award Winner: Cellular Senescence in Parkinson’s Disease
Markus Riessland, PhDEmpire Innovation Program (Aging Brain)
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior, Stony Brook University
1:15 – 1:30 pm Announcement of New CHA Awards and Closing Remarks
Susan Hedayati, MD
Professor of Medicine, Vice Dean for Research and Lina Obeid Chair in Biomedical Research, Renaissance School of Medicine

Questions? Please email Dr. Christine DeLorenzo at or Dr. Suzanne Fields at

We hope you'll participate!