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 took place on Mar. 11-12 in Bethesda, MD and is the second of three conferences in the current series. It focused 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.