Jazwinski Takes Office as The Gerontological Society of America’s President

For Immediate Release
February 4, 2019

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S. Michal Jazwinski, PhD, FGSA, of Tulane University has been installed as the new president of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. He was elected by GSA’s membership, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals.

Jazwinski is the 75th person to hold the office since the Society was founded in 1945. As president, he will oversee matters of GSA’s governance and strategic planning, while also managing the program for GSA’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. He has chosen “Strength in Age: Harnessing the Power of Networks” as the theme for this conference, which will take place in Austin, Texas, from November 13 to 17.

“The year 2019 will see a transition to a nimbler and more responsive to membership governance structure as we race to the 75th Anniversary of GSA next year,” Jazwinski said. “One of my goals this year is to make good on the interdisciplinary promise of GSA in a most tangible way at the Annual Scientific Meeting. I invite all members to join me in accepting these challenges.”

Jazwinski is the John W. Deming, MD Regents Chair in Aging at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he is professor of medicine and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. He is the director of the Tulane Center for Aging and the director of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Aging Studies at the university. His funded research has focused on the biology of aging for more than thirty years, with emphasis on model organisms, and since 2000 it has included interdisciplinary studies of human aging. It has resulted in over 170 publications in PubMed alone.

Jazwinski has been a member of GSA since 1986 and a fellow since 1992. He received the Society’s Robert W. Kleemeier Award in 2011. He has been chair of both the GSA Biological Sciences Section and Awards Committee, a member of the Publications and Public Policy Committees, associate editor and editorial board member for The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, and chair of local arrangements for GSA’s 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. He also delivered The Nathan W. Shock Memorial Lecture at the Gerontology Research Center of the National Institute on Aging in 1997.

“Michal has demonstrated strong leadership through his many years of service to the Society,” said GSA CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. “His expertise will be a valuable asset as we work to advance innovation in aging.”


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational unit, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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