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Symposium Agenda

3.5 Hours

10 minutes

Paul Pasquina, MD, Chair, PM&R, USUHS

Welcome and introduction of conference moderator and hosts

10 minutes

Dr. Richard W. Thomas, President

Uniformed Services University

Welcome and Introduction of
Senator Chris Van Hollen

10 minutes

Senator Chris Van Hollen

The Importance of Health Science Research

July 12, 2025

Section 1: Background: Aging, the Geroscience Hypothesis and the Symposium

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5 minutes

William K. Smith MD

Assistant Professor, USUHS, University of South Carolina

Background and Mission of the Symposium

10 minutes

Charlotte Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP

The Challenge of Aging

10 minutes

Ronald A. Kohanski, Ph.D.

Director Designate, Division of Aging Biology, NIA

The Geroscience Hypothesis

10 minutes

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert and Renee Belfer Chair for the Study of Neurodegenerative Diseases, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Research Spotlight

10 minutes

Tom Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures

The Potential of a National Science and Technology Initiative in Geroscience

10 minutes

Mike Stebbins, President at Science Advisors, Former Assistant Director for Biotechnology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Obama/Biden Administration

The Advanced Research Project Agency for Health: a Vehicle for High Risk, High Reward Investment in the Life Sciences

25 minutes

Luigi Ferrucci MD, PhD, Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Health

White Paper Presentation: A Model Science and Technology Program

10 minutes


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July 12, 2025

Section 2: Bringing The Community to the Table: Addressing Disparities, Inclusion and Special Needs Populations in the Design And Delivery Of Science and Technology Programs

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10 minutes

Patricia Jones DrPH, MPH, MS, 

Director, Office of Special Populations NIA/NIH

The NIA Approach to Health Disparities

10 minutes

Rory A. Cooper, PhD, 

FISA/PVA Distinguished Professor, University of Pittsburgh(Pitt)

Aging with Disability

10 mInutes

Beth Calhoun, PhD, Professor Associate Dean for Population Health, Professor of Population Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine

The Demographics of Aging

July 12, 2025

Section 3: New Drug Development and the FDA

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5 minutes

G. Alexander Fleming, MD, Executive Chairman, Kinexium

Introduction of Elis Unger, MD

25 Minutes

Ellis F. Unger, MD, Director of the Office of Drug Evaluation-I, Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. FDA

Pharmaceutical Development Targeting the Biology of Aging:
The FDA Perspective Remarks

10 Minutes


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3 minutes

William K. Smith MD

Thank You and Next Steps

Symposium Agenda: Schedule
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