About the Conference

“Osteoporosis and Soft Tissue (Muscle/Fat) Disorders," the second conference in a three-part U13 Bench-to-Bedside series sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the American Geriatrics Society, is scheduled for March 11-12, 2019 in Bethesda, MD. A preliminary agenda for the conference can be accessed HERE.

Falls, fractures, and physical frailty are major geriatric outcomes interconnected by known risk factors. More recently, terms such as “sarcopenic obesity” and “sarco-osteoporosis” have highlighted the links between age-related metabolic changes affecting bone, muscle, and fat. The relationships are multi-factorial with interplay between physical activity, micronutrient availability, and genetic contributions. Despite the widely recognized inter-connectedness of these disorders, the traditional approach to research and clinical care in related fields has been highly fragmented. The expected outcome is sustainable bridges between significant knowledge silos, all with strong relevance to geriatric care.

The conference is being developed by a committee of recognized experts of different clinical specialties, research disciplines and levels of seniority with expertise and/or interests in multimorbidity and major age-related conditions. The format of the conference will allow for networking, discussion and small group work to foster a “think tank” environment to stimulate new ideas, delineate new opportunities, and forge sustainable collaborations. Following the conference, a summary of the conference findings and recommendations on future research will be published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

You will need to complete the following application to attend. Applications must be completed by Friday, October 26, 2018. The application will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee and applicants will be informed by the end of November.