HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis

HIV & Aging


Functional Wellness, Biopsychosocial Aspects

NOVEMBER 16-17, 2017

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Conference Objectives

About half of all Persons Living with HIV/AIDS are aged 50 or older. They will not only face a future of sustained adherence to medication and treatment regimens linked to their infection but they are also likely to experience multiple comorbidities and cognitive impairment that could affect their ability to function. The overarching goal of this conference is to expand research on the intersection of HIV and Aging
– from the most basic to the most applied levels – and to move the science forward in these areas. This conference will focus on Functional Wellness: A person-centered, biobehavioral approach to maximize health and wellness that addresses both internal (e.g., individual responses) and external (e.g., environmental factors) that impact aging with HIV.

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

Posters will be selected that best exemplify the focus on functional wellness at the intersection of HIV and Aging in the areas of basic/biological science, clinical science, psychosocial and behavior science, and care system design. Abstracts derived from research that is completed or in progress are preferred; such work can include bench, translational, interventional, or health systems research but may also include systematic literature reviews. Abstracts proposing future work or conceptual/theoretical frameworks that might serve as the platform for future work will also be considered. Abstracts from students/trainees are encouraged.

· The top-scoring abstracts will be selected for oral presentation at the conference.
· Top-scoring abstracts from students/trainees will receive recognition.

Abstracts Should Include the Following Components:
Title: A brief statement of the nature of the investigation or purpose of the project. (50 words)
Authors: All authors and affiliations.
Objectives: The overall purpose, research question, or study hypothesis. (100 words)
Methods: The study or project design and methods (sample, procedures, measures, and/or data
analysis). Qualitative or quantitative methods are acceptable. (100 words)
Results: The study or project findings or products. (100 words)
Conclusions: The overall impact of findings and relevance to the science of HIV and Aging, functional
wellness, clinical care, healthcare, or health policy. (100 words)

Abstract Submission

Abstracts may be submitted online at:

You may edit your abstract through Friday August 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. After then your abstract is
considered final and will be reviewed based on the content provided. Notifications will be sent after September 11, 2017.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to be fully registered for the conference before October 1, 2017. 


If you have additional questions about the poster abstract submission process, please email:

Please continue to check the conference website for updates and additional information.

We are proud to host this conference in an effort to advance science and clinical care of this growing population by bringing together experts and new investigators in this emerging field. 

Poster Session and Cocktail Reception to explore interdisciplinary fields and translational science surrounding HIV and Aging.

Registration fee covers costs of poster reception and reception refreshments, breakfast and lunch on November 17th, and all Continuing Education credits. 

Growing Old with HIV (video from The Guardian)

KEYNOTE: Functional Wellness: Biopsychosocial Dimensions

Rita Effros, PhD

Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
2015 President, Gerontological Society of America

Rita B. Effros is an immunologist who has been at the UCLA School of Medicine since 1979. She began as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and then joined the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, where she became a full professor in 1992. Dr. Effros earned her B.A. in Biology from Brandeis University, and her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, under the mentorship of Peter Doherty, 1996 Nobel Laureate. Her thesis work on immunity to viruses continues to be her research focus, with special emphasis on telomeres, the regions at the ends of chromosomes which shorten during cell division. Based on studies of telomere/telomerase dynamics in human T cells, her laboratory was one of the first to propose that HIV disease may involve accelerated aging of the immune system. In 1998, she was awarded the UCLA Woman of Science Prize, and in 2002 she was named to the Plott Endowed Chair in Gerontology. She was the 2007 winner of the prestigious Kleemeier Award by the Gerontological Society of America, and she served as the 2015 President of that organization. In addition to teaching medical and graduate students, she has been a major force in UCLA undergraduate education, having established an interdisciplinary year-long Honors course on human aging that is currently in its 17th year. 

Plenary: State of the Science: The Role of Exercise on Those Aging with HIV

Kris Ann Oursler, MD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Adjunct Faculty, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Geriatric Research and Education, Salem VA Medical Center 

Resilience and Functional Wellness in HIV/Aging

Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Professor of Biostatistics & Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
School of Public Health
Rutgers University

Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., M.S., MPH is the Dean and Professor of Biostatistics & Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at the School of Pubic Health at Rutgers University.  

Dr. Halkitis is a highly funded scientist with expertise in biobeheavioral, psychological, and public health research. Dr. Halkitis also has presented extensively throughout the world to large academic and non-academic audiences, including on television and radio, and is available for interviews, lectures and speaking series on all subjects relating to the health issues affecting gay men of all ages including HIV/AIDS, substance use, and mental health. His latest book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, published in Fall 2013, was nominated for Lambda Literary award and received The Distinguished Book Award the field of LGBT psychology from the American Psychological Association. 

Patient Panel: Maintaining Functional Wellness

Ken Lazarus
Founder, Lazarus Lives, Inc.

Ken Lazarus is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. He serves as the Chief Ministry Officer of Lazarus Lives, Inc., a Georgia non-profit corporation. Within the essence of the mission of Lazarus Lives, Inc. is the development of service and support oriented ministry programs to connect and in many instances "re-connect" brothers "First to Christ, then to Self, and finally to Community." The agency is devoted to advocacy and civic engagement for disenfranchised citizens.

Prior to founding Lazarus Lives, Inc. Ken served as the Director of Finance and Administration for The Genius Group, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga. (2006-2008) and Managing Principal of the Dunham-Paige Group, LLC of Philadelphia, Pa. (1990-2005). During his career in non-profit management, Ken has provided financial management support to non-profit service deliverers with emphases in health and human services, arts and education. Areas of expertise include experience working with executive leadership and management staff with budget planning and design, and audit management.
Ken currently serves on various local Georgia non-profit boards including the Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc.; the Living Room, Inc.; Lazarus Lives, Inc.; and the Smoke Free Coalition of Fulton County. Ken is an active member of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Ga. He attributes the ethics and beliefs nurtured in the church as the inspiration for dedicating a large portion of his professional life to training the staff of small non-profits (typically with budgets less than $1,000,000) in the importance of strong financial management. His professional philosophy dictates that high quality services and excellence in financial management be a primary agenda for the health and human services non-profits.

Plenary: Multidimensional Aspects of Aging

Dilip Jeste, MD
Director, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care
Director, UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging
Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Neurosciences

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D. is a geriatric neuropsychiatrist, who specializes in successful aging, neurobiology of wisdom as well as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in older adults. He is the Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has published over 600 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 12 books, including Successful Cognitive and Emotional Aging (2009), Prevention in Mental Health (2011), and Positive Psychiatry (2015). He was listed in “The Best Doctors in America” and in the Institute for Scientific Information’s list of the “world's most cited authors”--comprising fewer than 0.5% of all publishing researchers of the previous two decades. His work has been featured in popular media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, National Public Radio, PBS, Public Radio International, London Times, and the Colbert Report, among others. Dr. Jeste obtained his medical education in Pune and Mumbai, India. In the USA, he completed psychiatry residency at Cornell University, and Neurology residency at George Washington University. He was a researcher at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) before joining UCSD. Starting with just one fellow, he developed a geriatric psychiatry program at UCSD and San Diego VA; today it is one of the largest Geriatric Psychiatry Divisions anywhere, with major clinical, research, and training components. In addition to serving as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at UCSD, he is the director of two institutes focused on of aging (Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Hartford Center for Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry) and the newly launched UCSD Center for Healthy Aging (2014). Dr. Jeste has been widely recognized for his contributions to the scientific community. As the American Psychiatric Association’s President during 2012-13, Dr. Jeste spearheaded the process of finalization, approval, and publication of the DSM-5. He also expanded APA’s international membership, and focused on Positive Psychiatry. He has received many awards including those from the NIMH, VA, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Institute of Living, and the Asian Heritage Society. He is a member of several prestigious professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Under Dr. Jeste’s leadership, the journal became the top publication in the field, in terms of the impact factor, and number of submissions and downloads.

Basic Science Session A-1: Mechanisms of Functional Decline

Alan Landay, PhD
The Thomas J. Coogan, Sr. MD, Chair of Immunology
Professor, Department of Immunity and Emerging Pathogens
Rush Medical College, Rush University

Alan L. Landay, PhD, is the chairperson of the Department of Immunity & Emerging Pathogens and principal investigator of the Rush Immunology Specialty Laboratory, or ISL, with 35 years experience in studies of HIV immunopathogenesis. He has worked with the AIDS Clinical Trials Group since its beginning and has directed the ISL since it began. 

His studies on immunophenotyping and innate immunity in HIV disease have made significant contributions to this field. These early studies were carried out in a newly recognized population of hemophiliacs that were shown to develop AIDS. This work was extended with more recent publications using multi-parameter flow cytometry to define monocyte subsets and the critical role of monocytes and innate immune cell activation in HIV pathogenesis. These papers have contributed to a shift in thinking about HIV as an adaptive immune disease to one focused on innate cell driven inflammation linked to the development of immunosenescence.

Basic Science Session A-2: Interactions of HIV and Amyloid Peptides in the Brain

Avindra Nath, MD
Senior Investigator, Section of Infections of the Nervous System
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. Nath received his MD degree from Christian Medical College in India in 1981 and completed a residency in Neurology from University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, followed by a fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Neurovirology at the same institution and then a fellowship in Neuro-AIDS at NINDS. He held faculty positions at the University of Manitoba (1990-97) and the University of Kentucky (1997-02). In 2002, he joined Johns Hopkins University as Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Neuroimmunology and Neurological Infections. He joined NIH in 2011 as the Clinical Director of NINDS, the Director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and Chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System. His research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of retroviral infections of the nervous system and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these diseases.

Clinical Session B-1: Cognition & Memory

Steven Woods, Psy.D.
Professor, Director, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Daily Life Laboratory
Director of Clinical Neuropsychology
Psy.D., Virginia Consortium
Department of Psychology, University of Houston

Professor Woods received his B.S. in psychology from Portland State University in 1994 and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the Virginia Consortium (College of William & Mary, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University) in 2000. He completed his clinical internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (West Haven) and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. His first academic appointment was in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he rose to the rank of Professor. In 2014, Professor Woods moved his laboratory to the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston.

Professor Woods' program of research uses cognitive theory to enhance the clinical detection, prediction, and remediation of real-world health outcomes in various neuropsychological populations, including HIV disease, addictions, movement disorders, and aging. In particular, he is interested in how people’s ability to “remember to remember” (i.e., prospective memory) affects health-related behaviors such as adhering to medications. His current research projects are funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Professor Woods also has active teaching and research collaborations on these topics with colleagues at UCSD and the University of Western Australia, where he maintains adjunct professorships.

Clinical Session B-2: Measurers of Frailty

Theodore Johnson, II, MD, MPH
Paul W. Seavey Chair and Division Chief, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics
Chair, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Investigator, Birmingham/Atlanta VA GRECC
Physician Lead, Emory Primary Care

Dr. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, with adjunct appointments in Public Health and Urology. He serves as the Director of the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics, and Director of the Emory Center for Health in Aging. He holds the Paul W. Seavey Chair in Medicine, and is the Chair of the Family and Preventive Medicine Department. He is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.

Dr. Johnson received his MD from Northwestern University Medical School and his MPH from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC. Dr. Johnson first arrived at Emory University and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in 1997.

Dr. Johnson's clinical research program focuses on delivering the appropriate care to elderly patients and quality of life issues facing adults as they age.  In particular, he studies particular bladder dysfunction with aging. He receives support from federal and VA grants. Dr. Johnson sees patients needing specialty care for lower urinary tract disorders at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, GA, and at the Emory Clinic.

Psychosocial/Behavioral Session C-1: Technology Support

Sara Czaja, PhD
Leonard M. Miller Professor and Scientific Director
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center on Aging, University of Miami Health System

Dr. Sara J. Czaja is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry &Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami and Scientific Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami She has an extensive background in scientific investigation related to functional performance of older adults, innovative use of technology in intervention research, supervision of both laboratory and field research, and administration of large scale research programs. She is also the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging and involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on making technology more accessible, useful, and usable for older adults. 

Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, caregiving, human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology for older adult populations. In addition, she is Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Gerontological Society of America. She is the past chair of the Risk Prevention and Behavior Scientific Review Panel of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the Committee on Human-Systems Integration, National Academy of Sciences and Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Human Factors and Home Health Care.

Psychosocial/Behavioral Session C-2: Technology Enhancements

Wendy A. Rogers, PhD
Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences
Program Director, CHART: Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Wendy A. Rogers, Ph.D., is the Khan Professor of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Her primary appointment is in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health.  She also has an appointment in the Educational Psychology Department and is an affiliate faculty member of the Beckman Institute and the Illinois Informatics Institute. She received her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and her M.S. (1989) and Ph.D. (1991) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a Certified Human Factors Professional (BCPE Certificate #1539). Her research interests include design for aging; technology acceptance; human-automation interaction; aging-in-place; human-robot interaction; aging with disabilities; cognitive aging; and skill acquisition and training.  She is the Program Director of CHART (Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology), and the Director of the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory ( Her research is funded by: the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging) as part of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (; and the Department of Health and Human Services (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; NIDILRR) Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Successful Aging with Disability (  She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES).  She currently serves as the Chief Editorial Advisor for APA. 

The HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis conference will serve as a translational science meeting to address the basic science, clinical, and socio-behavioral aspects of Aging with HIV/AIDS. This conference will afford you the opportunity to:

  1. Hear from internationally-recognized HIV and Aging experts along with representatives from NIH, VA, and other funding agencies
  2. Showcase your posters focused on Aging and/or HIV
  3. Network with leading scientists, educators, and clinicians working in the fields of gerontology and HIV-related studies

General Admission
The HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to Metropolis conference November 16-17, 2107 brings together leading scientists, educators, and clinicians working in the fields of gerontology and HIV-related studies to explore the basic science, clinical, and socio-behavioral aspects of Aging. For the full conference agenda, click here

Click here to Register  


Continuing Nursing Education
Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded up to 10.5 contact hours by ENPDC. No conflict of interest has been found with the speaker for this CNE activity nor with the members of the planning committee.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association and Emory University School of Nursing. The Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

GPA Continuing Education
Pending GPA-Apptoval for psychologists. To review conference agenda, CE breakdown, and session learning objectives, click here

Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory & Conference Center
130 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

678-244-9311 (direct line)
404-377-2726 (fax) 

For reservations vist the conference reservations page.

Workshop target group: Junior faculty qualifying as early stage and new investigators and post-doctoral fellows who have already identified a research topic at the intersection of HIV and Aging about which they have a research idea. Some pilot data for a planned application for research support would be a plus, but is not a requirement.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To provide mentoring and support to early career investigators intending to pursue research projects at the intersection of HIV and Aging
  • To offer constructive feedback on research ideas
  • To facilitate linkages between new and senior investigators in the fields of HIV and Aging
  • To provide early career investigators with information about NIH support for research on HIV and Aging
  • To provide information about the NIH grant application review process and to offer suggestions for successful grant applications
  • To provide opportunities for feedback from and networking with NIH program officers
  • To exit the workshop with a revised Aims page (and, possibly, a clarified sense of the project’s design and methods)


Mentoring Workshop – by invitation and application only

Note: This workshop requires separate registration. Register for Mentoring Workshop


Conference Registration Open




Keynote: Functional Wellness: Biopsychosocial Dimensions

Speaker: Rita Effros, PhD


Plenary: State of the Science: The Role of Exercise on Those Aging with HIV

Speaker: Kris Ann Oursler, MD




Resilience and Functional Wellness in HIV/Aging

Speaker: Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH


Patient Panel: Maintaining Functional Wellness

Moderator: Ken Lazurus


Poster Session & Reception 

7:30am – 8:00am

Continental Breakfast & Registration


Interactive Poster Debriefing 


Plenary: Multidimensional Aspects of Aging

Speaker: Dilip Jeste, MD




Breakout Sessions

Basic Science Session A-1: Mechanisms of Functional Decline

Speaker: Alan Landay, PhD

Basic Science Session A-2: Interactions of HIV and Amyloid Peptides in the Brain

Speaker: Avi Nath, MD

Clinical Session B-1: Cognition & Memory

Speaker: Steven Woods, Psy.D.

Clinical Session B-2: Measurers of Frailty

Speaker: Ted Johnson, MD

Psychosocial/Behavioral Session C-1: Technology Support

Speaker: Sara Czaja, PhD

Psychosocial/Behavioral Session C-2: Technology Enhancements

Speaker: Wendy A. Rogers, PhD


Box Lunch Provided


Rapporteur Summary: Challenges and Future Directions for Research and Clinical Care to Promote Functional Wellness

Moderators: Charles Emlet, PhD and David Vance, PhD



Stay tuned for for full program schedule and presentation downloads.