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Pre-Conference Workshops: The Learning Begins Early!

Start things off on Tuesday, November 7th by building and strengthening your knowledge with in-depth and enriching workshops focused on aging and geroscience. These sessions complement the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Program while allowing attendees to further cultivate their professional skills, as well as, discover new trends. They also provide great opportunities to hear from and collaborate with experts and leaders in the aging field.

Pre-Conference Workshops are grant-based workshops that begin on Tuesday, November 7th. Pre-registration for all Pre-Conference Workshops is required.
Space is limited for each workshop.

Be sure to view below details on each Pre-Conference Workshop in regards to locations, times, and fees.

Already registered for GSA 2023? Below is information on how to edit your registration to add events / workshops.
Steps to Modify your 2023 ASM Registration:

  1. Login to your GSA account.
  2. Click on your name or GSA Dashboard in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Under Events, click on View/Edit My Registration.
  4. Click on the Edit button to access and modify your ASM registration.
  5. Select additional events or ASM add-ons and follow the onscreen prompts to walk through the checkout process.
  6. Click on the Update Registration button to finalize your modified registration.

Pre-Conference Workshops - Schedule of Events

All Pre-Conference Workshops start on Tuesday, November 7th.

To view the full details of a below workshop, click on the arrow to the right of each workshop title.

Pre-conference Workshop Hosted By:
Black in Gerontology and Geriatrics (BIGG) and the HBCU Collaborative Interest Group  

Date and Time:
1 ½ Day Workshop
Tuesday, November 7th | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET at Embassy Suites
Wednesday, November 8th | 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Marriott Tampa Water Street

Workshop Fee:
Free to GSA 2023 Attendees

Workshop Description:
This pre-conference workshop will facilitate connections and promote relationship-building opportunities for scholars from HBCUs and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). It will promote cross-disciplinary and institutional collaboration and communication among researchers, support trainees and early career investigators, and establish wider scientific, clinical, and public awareness of Black health and aging trends. Participants will broaden their perspectives on new and emerging trends in equity-based research and practice in Black communities, which will highlight how addressing these trends can assist in recalibrating their research programs and clinical practice. This interactive workshop features diverse speakers, who are alum and/or have a current affiliation with an HBCU, who will share their experiences incorporating an equity lens in their research design and clinical practice, working with community stakeholders, non-harmful reporting of research findings, and grant mechanisms that have been successful in furthering their research careers.

Workshop Speakers:
• James Appleby, ScD | Chief Executive Officer of GSA
• Tamara Baker, PhD | University of North Carolina
• Staja Booker, PhD | University of Florida
• Fayron Epps, PhD | Emory University
• Darlingtina Esiaka, PhD | University of Kentucky
• Melissa Gerald, PhD | National Institute on Aging
• Kalisha Bonds Johnson, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC | Emory University
• Candi Nwakasi, PhD | University of Connecticut
• Antonius Skipper, PhD | Georgia State University
• Amy Thierry, PhD | Xavier University Louisiana
• Roland Thorpe Jr., PhD | Johns Hopkins University
• Tiffany Washington, PhD | University of Georgia

Date and Time:
1 Day Workshop
Tuesday, November 7th | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET at Embassy Suites

Workshop Fee:

Workshop Description:
This NIA-supported full-day pre-conference workshop will align and extend research education and training programs in geroscience and aging. The objectives are to create a framework for competencies needed to build an interdisciplinary and diverse workforce in aging, and to foster an alliance between scientists, educators, and key stakeholders to develop and implement educational materials and training opportunities across the translational and career continuum. The workshop will feature: 1) scientific talks by leaders in biological aging, geroscience, geriatrics; 2) updates on existing and newly initiated educational programs; and 3) small- and large-group discussions with educators, scientists, trainees, program leaders to identify best practices and barriers to success and sustainability.

Workshop Chairs:
• Jamie Justice, PhD | Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatrics, Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention,
   Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC USA
• Iman Al-Naggar, PhD | Cell Biology, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, CT, USA
• George Kuchel | Geriatric Medicine, UConn Center on Aging, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Farmington, CT, USA
• Christy Carter, PhD | Division of Aging Biology, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA

Workshop Speakers / Moderators:
• Sean Curran, PhD | Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, USC Center for Lifespan Health, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
• Sara Espinoza | Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health
   Science Center at San Antonio, and South Texas Veterans Health Care System, San Antonio, TX, USA
• Daniel Forman, MD | Department of Medicine, Sections on Cardiology and Geriatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
• Steve Kritchevsky, PhD | Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Gerontology and Geriatrics, Sticht Center on Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention,
   Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA
• John Newman, MD, PhD | Division of Geriatrics, University of California San Francisco, and Buck Institute for Research on Aging, San Francisco, CA, USA
• Robert Pignolo, MD, PhD | Section of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition, Hospital Internal
   Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, the Kogod Center on Aging, and Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN,



The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more nearly 4,000 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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