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Regional Campus to host conference on healthy aging

Posted: Thursday, April 05, 2012 · Volume: XLV · Issue: 7

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Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., has written several books about translating the science of aging for lay readers, including “Lessons About Healthy Aging from Nature,” which has been translated into eight languages.
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Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., has written several books about translating the science of aging for lay readers, including “Lessons About Healthy Aging from Nature,” which has been translated into eight languages. clear graphic

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Contact: Rosanne Fohn, 210-567-3079

LAREDO (April 5, 2012) — A UT Health Science Center San Antonio professor and book author who is seeking the secrets of aging in ocean clams, hydra and other species known for their longevity, will be the keynote speaker at the “Aches and Pains of Aging” conference April 6.

The free community event will be held on the Regional Campus of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1937 E. Bustamante St. in Laredo. The conference is part of the Regional Campus’ annual Stay Healthier Longer Series and is co-sponsored by the School of Health Professions.

“We are inviting the entire community, from doctors and nurses who want to learn about the latest in aging research, to caregivers who work with the elderly, to people from the community who care for older family members or anyone who wants to stay healthier for longer,” said Gladys Keene, M.D., M.P.H., regional dean of the Regional Campus. “There will be something for everyone.”

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Demonstrations and health information booths
The day will begin at 8 a.m. with demonstrations on healthy cooking, fun ways to stay active and how to begin a home garden. Information also will be available on how to keep teeth healthier longer in order to maintain natural teeth, and on preventing or minimizing common breathing ailments such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Four faculty presenters
At 10: 30 a.m., four UT Health Science Center faculty members who specialize in different aspects of aging will give presentations.

The keynote speaker is Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., who researches longevity in a variety of animal models. He will give a presentation at noon on “Lessons About Healthy Aging from Nature.” Dr. Austad is a leading national figure in the field of comparative biology, which seeks to understand what makes some species live longer than others. He is a professor of cellular and structural biology and the interim director of the UT Health Science Center’s nationally known Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.

Dr. Austad has written several books about the science of aging for the lay public, including “Why We Age: What Science Is Discovering about the Body’s Journey Through Life.” His book has been published in eight languages. Dr. Austad conducts research involving diverse models of aging including bats, marmosets, ocean clams, mice and hydra, which are freshwater animals a few millimeters long that have the ability to regenerate.


Nicolas Musi, M.D., whose research focus is diabetes, will be presenting “Musculoskeletal Aging: Physiological Considerations.”
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Nicolas Musi, M.D., whose research focus is diabetes, will be presenting “Musculoskeletal Aging: Physiological Considerations.” clear graphic

 

Other presenters include:
  • Helen Lum, M.D., M.S., presenting “Falls.” Dr. Lam is an assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine. She also is a member of the Health Science Center’s Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity.

  • Sara Espinoza, M.D., presenting “The Frailty-Diabetes Connection.” Dr. Espinoza is section chief for research and assistant professor in the Division of Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine, and a member of the Barshop Institute.

  • Nicolas Musi, M.D., presenting “Musculoskeletal Aging: Physiological Considerations.” Dr. Musi is director of the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division. At the health Science Center he is an associate professor in the Division of Diabetes, associate director for translational research at the Barshop Institute and director of the Center for Healthy Aging.
The conference is supported in part by a generous gift from The South Texas Outreach Foundation.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $231 million in fiscal year 2011. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

 
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