Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle/Fat) Disorders

Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle/Fat) Disorders (2019)

The five-year U13 Bench-to-Bedside conference grant is a cooperative effort between the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society.

About the Conference

The 2019 AGS/NIA U13 conference will take place Mar. 11-12 in Bethesda, MD and is the second of three conferences in the current series. It will focus on Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle/Fat) Disorders. Falls, fractures, and physical frailty are major geriatric outcomes interconnected by known risk factors. More recently, terms such as “sarcopenic obesity” and “sarco-osteoporosis” have highlighted the links between age-related metabolic changes affecting bone, muscle, and fat. The relationships are multi-factorial with interplay between physical activity, micronutrient availability, and genetic contributions. Despite the widely recognized inter-connectedness of these disorders, the traditional approach to research and clinical care in related fields has been highly fragmented.  The conference included a professional development track for young investigators who are rising stars in their fields to ensure continued excellence in tomorrow’s generation of geriatrics researchers.

Conference Planning Committee

  • Heather Whitson, MD (PI)
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD (Co-Chair)
    Duke University School of Medicine
  • Bruce Troen, MD (Co-Chair)
    University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Sarah D. Berry, MD, MPH
    Harvard Medical School
  • Roger Fielding, PhD
    Tufts University
  • Denise Kathryn Houston, PhD
    Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Lyndon Joseph, PhD
    (NIA Representative)
  • Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH
    Harvard Medical School
  • Clifford J. Rosen, MD
    Maine Medical Center
  • Kenneth L. Seldeen, PhD (Rising Star)
    University at Buffalo School of Medicine
  • Elena Volpi, MD, PhD
    University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • James White, PhD
    Duke University