The Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division held their annual fall program on Thursday, November 9th at the University Club in Pittsburgh. Over 70 internists, family practitioners, geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, pharmacists, nurses, nursing home administrators, social workers attended the evening dinner program.
The annual fall program, which began in 2003, has been a popular and well-respected program attracting distinguished guest speakers, comprised of both national and local faculty. This year was no exception, as the Society welcomed Toren Finkel, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Director, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Finkel has made seminal contributions to our understanding of aging and his lab’s research focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 publications. According to Google Scholar, Finkel ranks as the 12th most highly cited author in aging and the 11th most cited in cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Finkel presented, Geroscience and the Promise of Eternal Youth. The presentation focused on recent discoveries in the field of Geroscience, which aims to explain biological mechanisms of aging, and have provided insights into molecular processes that underlie biological aging and, perhaps more importantly, potential interventions to delay aging and promote healthy longevity. Dr. Finkel shared some of these advances, along with efforts to move Geroscience from the bench to the clinic.