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Institute on Aging Annual Colloquium



Join us at our 31st Annual Colloquium on Aging!

on Friday, September 27, 2019.

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Thanks to everyone who attended our event on

in Madison, Wisconsin

Showcasing the latest research and resources on positive aging,
with Speakers, a Poster Session, and a Health & Resource Fair.

Click to see the 2018 Registration Brochure.

Below are some resources from the event:




The theme for the 30th Anniversary event was:

Inequality and Health through the Lifespan


2018 Speakers:


Health Equity and the Life Course

Professor Sir Michael Marmot MBBS, PhD, FRCP
Director, Institute of Health Equity, University College London

Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health, not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else.  There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.  The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society and across the whole life course. 

Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, is the premier leader of research on health inequalities around the globe. Beginning with groundbreaking research from the Whitehall Study of British civil servants, he showed that socioeconomic inequality affects everyone, not just those living in poverty. These ideas are now center stage in numerous longitudinal studies of aging. Sir Marmot chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organizations’ Pan-American Health Organization. He is the author of “The Health Gap: the Challenge of an Unequal World” (2015) and “Status Syndrome: How Your Place on the Social Gradient Directly Affects Your Health” (2004). He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 18 universities. In 2000, Professor Marmot was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. 

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Prof. Sir Michael Marmot


Roots of Inequality: Early-Life Adversities and Adult Health

Chioun Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California Riverside

Recent studies estimate that about half of U.S. adults were exposed to one or more adversities as children, including abuse, neglect, household dysfunction, or low socioeconomic status. Stressful experiences in childhood may be linked to a wide array of health problems, even decades after the adversity occurred. Thus, understanding the socioeconomic, psychological, and biological pathways that are responsible for these associations is a critical public health issue. This talk will focus on how and under what conditions early-life adversities compromise health in midlife and old age and whether these relationships differ for men and women.

Dr. Lee is committed to investigating the social stratification of life adversities and health disparities over the life course, with a focus on gender differences. She is the recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Aging. Her recent work examines the gender-specific pathways (risk and resilience factors) through which early-life adversities affect cumulative risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease in midlife and old age.

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Prof. Chioun Lee


Socioeconomic and Racial Health Disparities in the United States:
Recent Research and Notable Future Directions

Thomas Fuller-Rowell, PhD
Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies, Auburn University

Social inequality has increased substantially in recent decades and has become a salient social problem in many societies around the world. This lecture will review recent trends in socioeconomic and racial health disparities in the United States and describe examples of recent research examining mechanisms for disparities at particular points in the life span. Promising future directions for the science of health disparities will also be discussed.

Dr. Fuller-Rowell's research focuses on the impact of social stress, discrimination, and broader contextual influences (e.g., neighborhood or social policy) on health and health disparities across the lifespan. He completed postdoctoral training as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and as a research fellow in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan before starting his current position. He has also worked for a civil rights organization in Buffalo, NY, to address housing discrimination and has implemented multi-site action research projects in New York City.

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Prof. Tom Fuller-Rowell


Health Disparities: Who is at Risk and How Does Risk Get Under the Skin?

Jennifer Morozink Boylan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver

Growing inequality is a defining feature of our era. Risks for poor health track with inequality; they are higher among less advantaged individuals compared to those more advantaged. However, socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals bring unique psychological profiles to their experiences, and these psychological differences matter for understanding risks for poor health through different pathways. This talk will focus on psychological well-being as a protective factor among socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals as well as address how responses to stress may be a key biological pathway that helps us understand who is at risk for poor health and who is resilient.

Dr. Morozink Boylan completed postdoctoral fellowships in Health Disparities at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health and in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, before joining the University of Colorado faculty in 2016. Her research addresses the ways in which psychological factors engender risk and resilience and affect risk for poor health among socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals as well as the underlying neurobiological pathways.


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Prof. Jen Morozink Boylan



2018 New Investigator Award Winner:

Awards are given to UW-Madison students or advanced trainees to recognize outstanding achievement in aging or life course studes. Winners receive a $300 award and their research is showcased in the event's Poster Session. This year's winner was:

Hannah J. Schiffman

For her poster entitled:
Anesthetics Modulate Mortality in a Drosophila Blunt Trauma Model

Hannah Schiffman (left) receiving her award from her mentor, Misha Perouansky (right)





View a list of Posters presented. PDFs of some of the posters are included in the "Highlighted Posters" section on our home page.






View descriptions of Exhibitors (and their contact information), offering local resources for postive aging. These organizations are also listed on our Related Links page.





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Colloquium Archives

Click here to view speaker presentations and program handouts from previous years.


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