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Date(s) - 29/05/2019
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Marriott Hotel


Speaker: Dr. Karin VanMeter, Iowa State University (retired), Lecturer Biomedical Sciences at the Austrian Biotech University of Applied Sciences, and Independent Consultant

What is Successful Aging? Aging is the process of becoming older. It is associated with time-related changes of physiological and anatomical properties of the body. We all age – thus aging is a topic in all parts of life, including social, economic, medical, and commercial aspects. Undoubtedly, with increasing age an accumulation of health- related challenges and social issues/stressors will occur. The goal of most humans is to age well – how do we define ‘good’ or ‘successful’ aging? What are the parameters, how can they be achieved, and what can we do to enjoy aging? (Yes, we can!) This presentation will discuss theories of aging, genetics and aging, reverse aging, health and aging, as well as the commercialization of aging. Furthermore, current research and insides on how ‘aging well’ can be accomplished will be presented.

Dr. Karin VanMeter studied Biology at the Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg where she received her doctorate in 1978. Her research and extensive training in scanning and transmission electron microscopy led to a postdoctoral position with a leading scientist at Iowa State University of Science and Technology (USA). Dr. VanMeter then worked at the University of Maryland Medical School for four years, at which time she discovered changes in the ultrastructure of neurons in the hippocampus spiking her interest in neuronal aging and neuropathology of neurons. After returning to Iowa State University Dr. VanMeter then took a position as the Director of the Geriatric Research and Education Center at the Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2004 she returned as a lecturer to the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. During her career Dr. VanMeter developed an Alzheimer’s discussion group at the University of Maryland Medical School, a course in the Biology of Aging for undergraduate students at the Des Moines Area Community College, and a graduate on-line course in the Biological Principals of Aging at Iowa State University.

Dr. VanMeter retired early and came back to Austria to aid in the care for her mother. During this time she started and is continuing as a guest lecturer at the Austrian Biotech University of Applied Sciences, and also is giving presentations in the field of neuroscience and aging.

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