First Annual Nathan Shock Symposium on the Basic Biology of Aging

The Symposium on the Basic Biology of Aging will focus on energetics and comparative biology as they relate to aging. The goal of this symposium is to create a forum for scientists working on aging, energetics, and/or comparative biology in the southeast region to exchange ideas and foster collaborations.

Aging and age-related diseases are associated with alterations in metabolism at molecular, organelle, cellular, tissue, and whole organism levels. Using carefully chosen organisms, researchers are dissecting the relationship between aging and energetics in areas such as proteostasis, cell signaling, mitochondrial function, and nutrient sensing. This work has already resulted in interventions targeting metabolism and metabolic pathways (e.g. mTOR) that extend lifespan in a range of model organisms.

Time & Place

Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham — Hill Student Center, Ballroom A

Abstract Deadline & Application Instructions

Interested in presenting research at the symposium? Submitted abstracts will be selected for either a ten minute talk or for a poster competition. Abstracts must be submitted by January 27, 2017. Selected abstracts will be chosen and applicants notified by February 10, 2017. Format requirements and other information is available on the Submit Abstract page.


Attendees can register with or without submitting an abstract.


Featured Speakers

  • Professor Daniel Promislow, University of Washington Department of Pathology, and University of Georgia Department of Genetics
  • Professor Steven Austad, Chair of the UAB Department of Biology and Director, UAB Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging. Topic: "Methusaleh’s Engine: the energetics of exceptionally long life.”