HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis

HIV & Aging


Special Populations Aging with HIV

APRIL 11-12, 2019

Learning Objectives:

1. Asses the biological basis of functional wellness in special populations (e.g., transgender persons) living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) age 50 and over.

2. Summarize the behavioral/psychosocial aspects related to special populations of  older PLWH.

3.Demonstrate the clinical aspects important to attaining and maintaining functional wellness in vulnerable special populations of older PLWH.

4. Translate information and content into research and clinical care, particularly related to the special populations of PLWH age 50 and over.


Abstracts are invited for a conference on the emerging science of HIV and Aging
Conference Title: HIV and Aging:
From Mitochondria to Metropolis,
Special Populations
Conference Dates and Location:
April 11-12, 2019
Marriott Courtyard Hotel; Decatur, Georgia
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 Special Populations that are affected by HIV and are aging with HIV such as women, LGBTQ, substance users, persons with Hepatitis C. 

General Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

Podium and poster abstracts will be selected that best exemplify the focus on special populations at the intersection of HIV and Aging in the areas of basic/biological science, clinical science, psychosocial and behavior science. Content areas related to women, substance users, persons with Hepatitis C are especially encouraged. 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 a special session of the conference.
  • Top-scoring abstracts from students/trainees will receive recognition. 

The abstract submission website will be open September 30, 2018 

You may edit your abstract through Friday December 21, 2018 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 January 18, 2019. 

If your abstract is accepted, you will be expected to be fully registered for the conference before March 18, 2019. Information regarding the conference, including the conference registration fees, will be available on the HIV and Aging 2019 website. Check  for updates.

Podium abstract presentations will occur as scheduled on the conference schedule and in conjunction with plenary sessions. Posters will be displayed at a reception in the poster gallery following the first day of the conference. You will be expected to be present at your poster to discuss it with attendees. 

Your Abstract Should Include the Following Components (underlined):

Title: A brief statement of the nature of the investigation or purpose of the project. (50 words)

Authors: All authors and affiliations.

Background/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)

Review and Selection

The Conference Scientific Advisory Board will provide peer review and scoring for the abstracts. Abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online process which can be accessed at 


The online abstract submission process ends at 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday November 30, 2018. Announcements can be expected after January 18, 2019

For More Information

If you should have specific questions when submitting your poster, please email us at:   

You are encouraged to visit the Conference¿s website for additional conference information as the event approaches. 

We look forward to reading your abstracts and seeing you at the 2019 HIV and Aging Conference in April 2019!

  • Poster session and Conference Reception will be held Thursday April 11, 2019 at 5pm -7pm. Please be available at your poster for at least one hour during the event.
  • Conference registration is required for Poster session participation. Register at
  • Size: Poster should be no larger 48in high x72in wide and no smaller than 36in high x 60in wide.
  • Poster drop-off: Please deliver your poster to the conference check-in desk no later than 4pm on Thursday, April 11.
  • Poster removal: Please ensure that your poster is removed from the session promptly when the reception ends; we will NOT be able to mail your poster to you following the conference and remaining posters will be discarded.

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, and all Continuing Education credits. 

Preliminary Conference Agenda 

HIV & Aging:  Mitochondria to the Metropolis:  Special Populations

Day 1

Thursday, April 11, 2019 




7:30 am

Breakfast and Conference Registration


9:00am 9:10am


Holstad, Perkins,

CFAR: Jim Curran

Center for Aging: Ted Johnson

Opening Session


                                     80 min session  Moderators:


Health Equity and Optimal Aging in Marginalized Populations: A Focus on MSM Aging with HIV Aging with Pride



Dr. Charles Emlet, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Washington, Tacoma


Q & A



Plenary:  Aging Issues in Women:  WIHS

Dr. Deborah Gustafson, PhD

Professor of Neurology

Director, NeuroEpidemiology Program

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Neurology


Q & A





Oral Abstracts related to Aging in Women Living with HIV


   40 min session  Moderator


Psychosocial Correlates of Successful Aging among older HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected Women:  No difference by HIV status


Dr. Anna Rubtsova, Ph.D.


Q & A



Menopause Stage Contributes to Sex differences in Inflammatory Biomarkers in Persons living with HIV in the USA


Dr. Rebecca Schnall, Ph.D.


Q & A


Top Scoring Abstracts


                                   40 min session  Moderators:


Ecological Study of New HIV Diagnoses and PrEP Utilization among Individuals 55 years and older in Southeastern States and DC 2012-2016


Christina Chandra, BA


Q & A



HIV-Tat induces its Neurotoxic Effects by Downregulation Sonic Hedgehop signaling in Brain


Dr. Vir Singh, Ph.D.


Q & A




Plenary - Aging Issues in PLWH with Hepatitis C & Substance Use


 30 min session  Moderators:


Plenary:  Aging issues in PLWH with Hepatitis C and Substance users aging with HIV


Dr. Amy C. Justice, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Public Health

Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven

VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven


Q & A


Oral Abstracts Related to Hepatitis C & Substance Use in PLWH


40 min session Moderator:


Falls in people living with HIV Infection and Alcohol and other Drug use.


Susie Kim, MSW/MPH


Q &A



Care Coordination for Older Adults using Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid use Disorder


Emma Klein, BS


Q & A




Breakout Session


75 min session (allows 20 & 5 Q/A each + transition time)  Moderators:


Basic Science

Cognition, Opioids and addiction

Managing Pain in Addiction

Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor of Neurology & Psychiatry

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Dr. Jessica Robinson-Papp, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology

Department of Neurology, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine




Hormone Therapy in Older Transgender PLWH


Bone Health in Aging MSM

Dr. Vin Tangpricha, MD, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine



Dr. Igho Ofotokun, MD

Professor of Medicine






Social Networks and Social Support

Dr. John Blevins, Ph.D.

Associate Research Professor

RSPH, Emory


Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD

Senior Research Scientist at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging at Hunter College, the City University of New York


Community Panel (60 min) Moderator:


Community Panel¿ Perspectives of Special  Populations on Aging:  Transgender, Perinatal, MSM, Substance User, Hepatitis C



Posters and Reception

Preliminary Conference Agenda 

HIV and Aging:  Mitochondria to the Metropolis:  Special Populations

Day 2  

Friday, April 12, 2019 





Breakfast and Conference Registration

Top Scoring Oral Abstracts


                                60 min session Moderators:


Keratinocyte Carcinoma Treatments among Veterans Living with HIV:  Comparison with Current National Guidelines


Dr. Howa Yeung, MD


Q & A



Association between HIV Serostatus, Metabolic Syndrome, and Neurobehavioral disturbances among Aging Adults


Dr. Caitlin Pope, Ph.D.


Q & A



Senescent Phenotype Induced by p9ORSK-NRF2 Signaling Sensitizes Monocytes and Macrophages to Oxidative Stress in HIV+ Individuals:  Implications for Atherogenesis


Dr. Meera Singh, Ph.D.


Q & A


Plenary - Geriatric & Gerontology Issues in HIV


              30 min session  Moderators:


Plenary Geriatric and Gerontology Issues in HIV

Dr. Kevin High, MD

President, Health System

Wake Forest Baptist Health

Professor of Medicine and Translational Science

Wake Forest School of Medicine


Q & A




Closing Plenaries


                                         60 min session Moderators:


Plenary Frailty in Older PLWH IDU

Dr. Damani A. Piggott, MD, Phd, MS, MPhil

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

Associate Faculty, Center on Aging and Health

Assistant Dean for Graduate Biomedical Education

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health


Q & A



Plenary Aging in Special Populations:  Perinatal Infected Persons


Dr. Russell Van Dyke, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Tulane University School of Medicine


Q & A


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

  1. Hear from nationally and internationally-recognized HIV and Aging experts along with representatives from NIH, VA, and other funding agencies
  2. Showcase your abstracts (podium and poster) focused on Aging and HIV
  3. Network with leading scientists, educators, and clinicians working in the fields of aging and HIV-related studies
  4. Junior investigators have the opportunity to apply for a separate mentoring workshop that will provide review and discussion of research proposals related to HIV and aging. See the mentoring workshop tab.

Register Now! Online Registration ends March 29; on-site rates are higher.

General Admission
The HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to Metropolis conference April 11-12, 2019 brings together leading scientists, educators, and clinicians working in the fields of Aging and HIV-related studies to explore the basic science, clinical, and socio-behavioral aspects of Aging. Reduced rates for students and community members are available.

Register here.

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 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Georgia Psychological Association
Georgia Psychological Association-Pending Approval for continuing education for psychologists.

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

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

Please make reservations prior to the cutoff date of March 21, 2019.

The group rate for the Courtyard Decatur is $149.00 per night.

Please mention the Emory HIV & Aging Conference room block when making reservations over the phone. Reservation phone numbers are:

                Marriott Central Reservations: 1-888-236-2427

                Courtyard Decatur Front Desk: 404-371-0204


To make reservation online, use the link   Book your group rate for Emory HIV & Aging Conference

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. Pilot data for a planned application for research support would be a plus, but is not a requirement for participation. 

Workshop Mentors: Mentors include nationally and internationally recognized scholars in the field of HIV and Aging with strong NIH funding records. The mentors listed below will review mentoring workshop applications and select participants and will provide individualized feedback to participants regarding their Specific Aims and proposed research projects.

Charles Emlet, Ph.D.
Deborah Gustafson, Ph.D.
Kevin High, MD
Amy Justice, MD, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Alan Landay, Ph.D.
David Vance, Ph.D. 

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)

Overview of Workshop:

  • Welcome and Introduction
    • Priorities of NIH Institutes (NIA and OAR)
    • NIH review criteria (CSR)
  • Shark Tank
    • Elevator speech presentations by mentees (¿This is my idea¿)
    • Responses from panel of senior mentees
    • Summary comments from senior mentors and NIH program officers
  • Table Discussions (2-3 mentees paired with 1-2 senior mentors)
    • Discussion of potential NIH funding mechanisms (Ks, R34, R21, R01)
    • Components of successful applications (i.e., honing the aims/idea, building the team/lab, innovation, impact)

Application Requirements:

Please submit the following items via the application link  with pdf or Word document attachments:

  • Applications will be accepted from September 30, 2018 to December 21, 2018
  • A draft one-page Specific Aims ¿proposal¿ linked to the work expected to be pursued (at a minimum this should identify: topic, specific aim(s), and rationale; it might also include an indication of the project¿s general design and the team capacity needed) (limit 1 pg)
  • Your current CV or NIH-style Biosketch (limit 4pgs)
  • Complete the application form at the link and upload materials.

Scholarship Information:

  • A limited number of scholarships of $750 each are available to support conference registration and/or travel to the event
  • Scholarships will be awarded to participants who demonstrate both financial need and commitment to the study of HIV and Aging
  • Scholarship applicants must include a statement of no more than 250 words that summarizes financial need and career goals in the field of HIV and Aging research or clinical care; financial need/career goals statement should be included in mentor workshop application and uploaded as separate attachment labeled ¿Scholarship Request (last name).¿

Questions may be directed to conference email:

We are pleased to provide a limited number of scholarships for full conference registration ($125) for community members. The deadline for applications is March 28, 2019. Applicants will be notified

by April 4, 2019. Please click on this link to apply on-line.

Stay tuned for for full program schedule and presentation downloads.