Award Lectures

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The Society’s awards program fosters new ideas, recognizes leadership in gerontological teaching and service, and salutes both outstanding and potential research through a host of awards. This year’s GSA Annual Scientific Meeting will be the site of exciting presentations of the 2018 awards and an array of cutting-edge lectures by distinguished awardees from 2017. Visit to view our esteemed award recipients.

Please join us for the:

Donald P. Kent Award Lecture
Patient Priorities Care: Moving From Disease-Based to Patient Priorities-Aligned Decision-Making
—by Mary Tinetti, MD

Robert W. Kleemeier Award Lecture 
Reviewing Thirty Years of Research on Aging and Health: Some Reflections on What I’ve Learned
—by Neal Krause, PhD

Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging Lecture 
Funded by The New York Community Trust
Coming of Age: Social Determinants Matter
—by Robyn L. Golden, MA

Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology Lecture
Funded by the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation 
Mental Health Disparities Across the Adult Lifespan
—by Giyeon Kim, PhD 

Powell Lawton Award Lecture
Funded by the Polisher Research Institute of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life
Confucius vs. Einstein: Who Would be a Better Gerontologist?
—by XinQi Dong, MD MPH

Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award Lecture
 Why is “Geriatric Rehabilitation” an Oxymoron… and What can we do About it?
—by Jonathan F. Bean, MD, MPH

Joseph T. Freeman Award Lecture 
—by Tamara B. Harris, MD, MS

Vincent Cristofalo “Rising Star” Award in Aging Research Lecture
Sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research
DNA Damage: The Most Stalwart Pillar of Aging
—by Laura J. Niedernhofer, MD, PhD

Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction Lecture
Sponsored by the American Federation for Aging Research
Understanding Why we Grow Old as we Grow Older
—by David A. Sinclair, PhD

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