Oklahoma GeroScience Symposium 2024 

Mitochondria in aging and age-associated disease


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Oklahoma Geroscience Symposium 2024


April 11, 2024

7:55 AM - 5:30 PM CST


Nicholson Tower (OUHSC), Nicholson Conference Center

1000 NE 13th Street, Suite 5700, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Zoom link for out-of-state guests will be sent after Registration


Keynote Speaker

Gerry Shadel, Ph.D.

Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory

Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science

Director, San Diego- Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Beyond the Powerhouse: Mitochondrial Signaling in Aging, Disease and Immunity

Featured Speakers

Darrell Neufer, Ph.D.

Director, East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute

Professor, Departments of Physiology,

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Kinesiology

East Carolina University

Health Span from a Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Perspective

Russ Hepple, Ph.D.

Professor of Physical Therapy and Muscle Biology

University of Florida

Mitochondrial Biology in Aging Skeletal Muscle

Rong Tian, MD, Ph.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, and Bioengineering
Director of Mitochondria and Metabolism Center

University of Washington

Mitochondrial mechanisms of human disease: bioenergetics and beyond

Ana Thalacker- Mercer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology
UAHSF Endowed Professor of Regenerative and Translational Medicine
Associate Director, UAB Center for Exercise Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nutrient and metabolic determinants of skeletal muscle composition in advanced age

Julia Busik, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Physiology

Ed Miller Endowed Chair
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dyslipidemia and diabetic retinopathy - a lipocentric approach to a glucocentric problem

Tommy Lewis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Aging & Metabolism Program

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

AMPK dependent mitochondrial fission in neuronal health and disease

Carlos Diaz Garcia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Physiology

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Metochondrial Ca2+ uniporter deficiency impairs neuronal metabolism and cognition

Ann Chiao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Aging & Metabolism Program

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Mitochondrial metabolism in cardiac aging

Colleen O'Reilly, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow
Aging & Metabolism Program

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Skeletal muscle mitochondrial dynamics of old mice are slower than young mice in vivo

K-Awardee and Nathan Shock Pilot Speakers

Danielle Bruns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Kinesiology & Health

University of Wyoming

Distinct mechanisms of aging in the cardiac right and left ventricles

Charles Najt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

Virginia Tech University

Lipid droplet signaling in metabolic health and aging

Sandra Lee, MBS

University of Utah

Inducible cardiac-specific NNUFA13 knockout mice results in dilated cardiomyopathy without inflammation

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