Retreat and Research Day

Friday, May 7, 2021

Location: Healthy Aging at Tufts on ZOOM

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Click HERE to watch a recording of the Retreat

Supported by Tufts University’s Research and Scholarship Strategic Plan through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Healthy Aging Priority Area Research Group hosts an annual Research and Retreat Day.

This year’s retreat, entitled “Looking Inward to Look Outward,” will offer a morning of reflection to discuss future directions of aging research, potential funding mechanisms, and opportunities for Tufts-wide collaborations. Guest speakers include research awardees of our annual Pilot Grant Research Program.


  • 8:30-8:35: Welcome & Introduction of Healthy Aging at Tufts PARG
    Roger A. Fielding

Session 1: Healthy Aging PARG 2020 Pilot Grant Awardees

  • 8:35-8:55 McVey/Crott 2020 Grant Award: “Mechanisms of Drosophila lifespan extension by Parabacteriodes distasonis”
    Mitch McVey & Jimmy Crott
  • 8:55-9:05 McVey/Crott Q&A
  • 9:05-9:25 Poltorak 2020 Grant Award: “Genetic regulators of senescence”
    Alexander Poltorak
  • 9:25-9:35 Poltorak Q&A

Session 2: Healthy Aging PARG 2021 Pilot Grant Awardees

  • 9:35-9:55 Corlin 2021 Grant Award: “Mechanisms through which air pollution affects cardiometabolic health trajectories”
    Laura Corlin
  • 9:55-10:05 Corlin Q&A
  • 10:05-10:25 Greenberg/Haydon 2021 Grant Award: “The role of macrophage lipid metabolites in age associated cognitive dysfunction” Andrew Greenberg & Phil Haydon
  • 10:25-10:35 Greenberg/Haydon Q&A
  • 10:35-10:55 Wiley 2021 Grant Award: “Targeting ferroptosis resistance in senescent cells for healthy aging”
    Christopher Wiley
  • 10:55-11:05 Wiley Q&A

Session 3: Breakout Groups (1-4)

  • 11:05-11:20 Session 3: Breakout Groups (1-4)
    Session Speakers record for each group

Session 4: Breakout Group Reports

  • 11:20-11:30 Breakout Group Reports
    Recorder from each group reports to entire group on: future directions for aging research, possible funding mechanisms, and opportunities for Tufts-wide collaborations

Closing Remarks Roger A. Fielding