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Geropalooza

Geropalooza 2023

Audience during GeroSprint presentations
Audience during GeroSprint presentations

The Landon Center on Aging hosted the inaugural Geroscience Symposium, Geropalooza, on Wednesday, November 15 on the KUMC campus. The event featured a GeroSprint “lightning talk” challenge with a $10,000 pilot grant funding prize.

Renee Rogers with the division of Physical Activity and Weight Management was the grand prize winner for her presentation “Effects of second-generation incretin hormone agonists on body composition, physical function, and strength in older adults.”

The event also included a keynote speech by Dr. Stelios Andreadis, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, “Cellular Reprogramming for Reversing Stem Cell Aging: Implications for Vascular and Muscle Regeneration.”

The GeroSprint presentations included up to 20 slides, with the slides automatically advancing every 20 seconds. The presenters had 6 minutes and 40 seconds to make their pitch, and members of the audience voted to select the pilot grant winner.

The Landon Center on Aging and the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center were co-hosts of this symposium with the purpose of supporting novel and collaborative studies relevant to aging, age-related diseases, healthspan, and longevity.

GeroSprint Challenge Participants

  • Cole Bird: SINGS – Song-based Intervention for Neuromusculature in the Geriatric Swallow.
  • Candice Coffey: Improving Care and Communication in Older Adults through POCUS and PSAPs.
  • Olivia Eller: Repeated heat treatment to improve chronic pain, resilience, and frailty in aged mice.
  • Sodiq Fakorede: Impaired Visual and Somatosensory Processing During Dual-Task Postural Control in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments.
  • Jullie Galliart & Denise Zwahlen: Retrieving moments of gratitude: An exercise for cognitive benefits for nursing home residents.
  • Renee Rogers: Effects of second-generation incretin hormone agonists on body composition, physical function, and strength in older adults.
GeroSprint presenters, (from left) Julie Galliart, Candice Coffey, Olivia Eller, Cole Bird, Sodiq Fakorede, Renee Rogers and Denise Zwahlen
Cole Bird during his presentation, "SINGS – Song-based Intervention for Neuromusculature in the Geriatric Swallow."
Sodiq Fakorede during his presentation, "Impaired Visual and Somatosensory Processing During Dual-Task Postural Control in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments."
Dr. Stelios Andreadis, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University at Buffalo, presenting “Cellular Reprogramming for Reversing Stem Cell Aging: Implications for Vascular and Muscle Regeneration.”
Dr. Kenneth Seldeen presents the grand prize award to Renee Rogers, division of Physical Activity and Weight Management, for her presentation, “Effects of second-generation incretin hormone agonists on body composition, physical function, and strength in older adults.”
Landon Center on Aging Director, Dr. Bruce Troen, speaking to Geropalooza attendee.
Landon Center on Aging

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