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Biology of Aging

Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium



8:00 am - 1:30 pm

in Madison, Wisconsin
at the Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging,
with Speakers, a Poster Session, and a Health & Resource Fair.

Click to see the Event Flyer.

The event is free and open to the public,
but space is limited and registration fills up in less than a week!

Registration will open the first Monday in August, on:

Monday, Aug. 7th,
at 8 am

Registrations will be taken via this website.




2017 Speakers will be:


Caring Makes the World Go ’Round: a Fundamental Human Motivation

Ofra Mayseless, PhD
Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa, Israel

Caring as an emotion, a bond, and a behavioral manifestation vibrates all around us. In this lecture I discuss our universal motivation to care, tend, provide, empower, and nurture – our “caring motivation” and demonstrate, based on extant research, that it covers very broad phenomena that share core common processes. I present a comprehensive view on how caring is psychologically activated and sustained as well as underscore the importance of life meaning and purpose in its enactment. I also discuss how caring develops and some intriguing insights such as the importance of proactive caring and the unexpected rewards of caring to the caregiver.


Tai Chi: An Ancient Chinese Secret for Optimal Aging and Well-Being

Kristi Hallisy, PT, DSc
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, School of Medicine &
Public Health, Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health, UW- Madison

Mobility, strength, and balance, both mental and physical, are essential for optimal aging and well-being. Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art based on balancing one’s mind and body to create an overall sense of peace and harmony, naturally inspiring long life. By utilizing relaxed, fluid, non-impact, and three-dimensional movement, Tai Chi fosters effective and efficient movement patterns addressing the strength, endurance, mobility and movement coordination impairments frequently seen in the aging population. This lecture will appraise the numerous evidenced-based health and wellness benefits of tai chi for the aging population, and includes an experiential tai chi training session. 


Mechanisms of Successful Cognitive Aging

Corinna Burger, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, UW-Madison

My laboratory is interested in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that lead to differences in memory impairments associated with aging. We use rats as a model of the learning impairments found in aged humans since they display individual variability in memory impairment with age as humans do. This talk will focus on gene therapy and environmental enrichment approaches for successful cognitive aging.


Balancing Vitamin A Intake to Mitigate the Risk of Excessive Stores

Sherry Tanumihardjo, PhD
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison

The long-term impact of vitamin A supplements and fortificants on vitamin A status is currently unknown. Many people in the United States have excessive vitamin A intakes above the recommended dietary allowance, in part through increased supplement usage and fortified food intake. When dietary levels are high, total liver stores will increase over time and this is a concern for hypervitaminosis A and toxicity. We recently analyzed the livers of adult cadavers in the US and found 33% prevalence of hypervitaminotic A reserves. Excessive vitamin A status may in part explain the increasing rates of osteoporosis among the elderly.



Share your recent aging research with our public audience.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, July 30th

Poster & Award Informational Flyer (in pdf format)
Poster & Award Application (in Word format)



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Gordon Dining & Event Center

2nd Floor

770 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53715
(on the corner of W. Dayton & N. Lake,
3 blocks south of the campus end of State Street.)

The first floor of Gordon is a public dining hall.
The second floor is the event center, all of which has been reserved for the Colloquium.
Many bus routes pass the building,
and several public parking lots, both campus and city run,
are within 1-3 blocks of the event.

Map of event location

NOTE that to ensure nearby parking, we recommend buying a campus parking permit
in advance of the event. Instructions for doing this will be sent with registration confirmations.

Click to see the event location on the UW-Madison campus map

Click to get directions on MapQuest



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Please help us continue offering this valuable event
for free in the future. 

A donation of any amount will help. 
To lend your support, please donate via the UW Foundation


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Colloquium Archives

Click here to view speaker presentations and program handouts from previous years.


1300 University Avenue
2245 MSC
Madison, WI 53706
PH: 608.262.1818
FAX: 608.263.6211