4th Annual Hillblom Aging Symposium

You are cordially invited to the UCSF Memory and Aging Center’s Fourth Annual Hillblom Aging Symposium! With support from the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation, the Hillblom Aging Network aims to understand cognitive aging and age-associated biological change. With this goal in mind, come to hear research updates from experts in the field on the underpinnings of aging: What is it? How do we study it? Why should we care?

This event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, Nov 6, in Byers Auditorium inside Genentech Hall on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Please arrive around 8:30 a.m. to check in, enjoy coffee and tea, and meet the other attendees. If you wish to be provided with lunch, please register at your earliest convenience.


Registration will close on Tuesday, November 5 at 5 p.m.



8:30 a.m. Coffee & Registration Check-In

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Opening Statements (Joel Kramer, PsyD)

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Ketone Bodies in Health and Aging (John Newman, MD, PhD)

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Circadian Rhythms, Time-Restricted Eating, and Cardiometabolic Health (Emily Manoogian, PhD)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Neural Correlates of Sleep (Christine Walsh, PhD)

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Healthy Diet and Exercise in Aging: Are lifestyle changes an early Alzheimer’s disease intervention? (Susan Landau, PhD)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. A Locus for Understanding Vulnerability and Resilience in Aging (Alexander Ehrenberg, BA)

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Data Blitz

  • Young Platelet-Derived Factors Promote Rejuvenation of the Aged Hippocampus (Adam Schroer, PhD)

  • Stress and Limbic Grey Matter: The Role of Physical Activity (Sophia Weiner-Light, BA)

  • Exercise, Aging and White Matter Integrity (Harli Grant, BA)

11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mechanisms of Aging and Suspended Life (Anne Brunet, PhD)

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Sex, β-Amyloid, and Cognition in Older Adults (Cutter Lindbergh, PhD)

12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Empathy Grows with Amyloid-β Positivity (Tiffany Chow, PhD)

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Unraveling the Mechanisms Underlying the Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis in Neurological Disorders (Mauro Costa-Mattioli, PhD)

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Virome in Cognitive Aging (Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS)

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Investigating Connectivity and Inflammation as Functional Correlates of Memory Resilience to Cognitive Aging (Alexandra Apple, PhD)

2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Data Blitz

  • Irritability and its Associations with Immuno-Vascular Risk Factors in the Aging Brain (Devyn Cotter, BS, MS)

  • Mild Anxiety and Cerebral Blood Flow in Nodes of the Salience Network (Corrina Fonseca, BA)

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keynote Panel & Closing Statements

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8:30am to 3:00pm

Byers Auditorium
600 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94158

Event Type



School of Medicine


Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff, Local Community, Alumni


Mission Bay





Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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