13th Annual Ellen M. Gee Memorial Lecture

EGML2015 - "Integrative longitudinal lifespan research and within-person assessment in the age of precision medicine"

Presented 4 November 2015 by:

Dr. Scott M. Hofer, Director, Centre on Aging; Professor, Dept. of Psychology; Harald Mohr, M.D. and Wilhelma Mohr, M.D. Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging, University of Victoria

POSTER ; PRESENTATION

Abstract:
This lecture addresses the importance and challenges of longitudinal studies in understanding changes in health and well-being, including innovations in longitudinal designs that have potential for high scientific and clinical value in the health care system. It draws on developments stemming from the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging and Dementia (IALSA) research network connecting over 100 studies and affiliated researchers. The network facilitates interdisciplinary, cross-national research on determinants and dynamics of within-person aging-related changes in cognitive and physical capabilities, health, personality, and well-being. With current designs, cognitive, behavioral and physical changes that characterize advancing age and neurodegenerative disorders are difficult to detect at the individual level. In this presentation, Dr. Hofer discusses next generation assessments and research designs that can improve opportunities for both scientific discovery and early interventions.

About the Speaker:
Scott M. Hofer is Professor and Harald Mohr, M.D. and Wilhelma Mohr, M.D. Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Centre on Aging at UVic. Scott's research investigates aging-related changes in cognition and health. He is particularly interested in understanding the lifespan factors associated with individual change and variation in cognitive and physical functioning and in the early detection or cognitive changes associated with dementia and other health-related causes.