“Living Long… Living Well!” Symposium


Dynamic symposium will highlight McMaster’s cross campus research on aging

Online registration ( is open for Living Long, Living Well, a two and a half day symposium on the plasticity of aging taking place at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre in downtown Hamilton from September 29 to October 1, 2015.

The symposium is the McMaster Institute of GeroScience’s first public event, offering a chance to showcase the groundbreaking faculty-wide research on aging taking place at McMaster University. Intriguing plenaries, presentations and posters will explore aging from a wide range of perspectives – biological, clinical, economic, social and environmental, among others – and how researchers are working together to promote healthy aging.

Day 1 includes an opening plenary on cognitive neuroscience by Allison Sekuler, a panel presentation about the Institute lead by inaugural Director Parminder Raina, and a student workshop followed by a fun and fast-paced “Dragon’s Den” style competition.

Days 2 and 3 begin with keynote addresses from renowned international experts. Dr. Ursula Staudinger, Director of the Columbia Center for Aging at Columbia University, will discuss The Plasticity of Aging on Day 2 and Dr. Peter Landsdorp, Scientific Director of the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing In the Netherlands, will talk about his fascinating work with DNA, stem cells and aging.

The symposium will conclude with a public talk on the evening of Day 3, Thursday October 1, which coincides with the World Health Organization’s International Day of Older Persons. Margaret Trudeau will draw from her latest book, The Time of Your Life: Choosing a Vibrant, Joyful, Future to talk about how people can make their later years meaningful and fulfilling. Separate registrat​ion is required for this talk:

Details, including the agenda with the presentation schedule and the full lineup of speakers, can be found on the symposium website:

You can view the agenda separately here: ​McMaster Symposium Agenda 09 15

A key objective of the symposium – and the Institute – is to foster national and international collaborations to study aging from cell to society. The McMaster Institute of GeroScience is a unique cross-faculty institute that builds on McMaster’s existing strengths in aging research and brings together researchers, trainees, care providers and community leaders to promote excellence in research, education, community development and knowledge exchange that aspires to improve the lives of people in Canada and globally.

Living Long, Living Well is being funded by McMaster University; attendance is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register online, visit












This symposium is part of “Big Ideas, Better Cities” a series of events taking place over the next year highlighting McMaster’s research excellence. All events are funded by the University’s Forward With Integrity initiative.