Through a series of conferences, the RCCN will bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, many for the first time.
Our conferences will provide the environment to share views among scientists from different disciplines and to promote conversations and interchanges that otherwise would not happen. By focusing on common problems from differing perspectives, new approaches can emerge for solving important problems facing older persons and our aging society.
The RCCN will foster the development of early-career faculty interest and competencies in multidisciplinary research by sponsoring tailored didactic activities.
Conference proceedings will be disseminated for the benefit of the larger aging research community and the public. A pilot program tied to the conference series will provide seed money for new inter-center research partnerships.
The RCCN's second 1.5 day conference focused on sex and gender differences in aging. The meeting included sessions on comparing males and females, pathophysiological differences, sex/gender in clinical care, and gender and health in the social context. The meeting was followed by a post-workshop session for early career investigators.
The first 1.5 day conference focused on achieving and sustaining behavioral change in older adults. The meeting included sessions on individual and contextual level determinants of achieving and sustaining behavior change, active strategies to achieve and maintain behavior change, the health system’s role in improving health of older adults, and approaches to trial recruitment and health system focused interventions. The meeting was followed by a post-workshop session for early career investigators.