Fried to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2013 NEPA Conference on Aging

Linda P. Fried, M.D., MPH, a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics, will serve as the keynote speaker at the Third Annual University of Scranton/TCMC 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Conference on Aging April 11.

The University of Scranton is proud to announce that Linda Fried, M.D., MPH, is scheduled to serve as the keynote speaker at the Third Annual University of Scranton/TCMC 2013 Northeastern Pennsylvania Conference on Aging, scheduled for Thursday, April 11, at the University and TCMC. Dr. Fried is the DeLamar Professor of Public Health and dean of Mailman School of Public Health. She also serves as the senior vice president of Columbia University Medical Center and professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeon.

Dr. Fried is a leader in the fields of epidemiology and geriatrics. She has dedicated her career to the science of healthy aging, particularly the prevention of frailty and disability, and her innovative approaches to healthy aging will benefit our rapidly aging society. Her recommendations include the design of a range of health-promoting activities and an expanded roles for older adults that solve major societal needs. Dr. Fried co-founded Experience Corps, a community-based senior volunteer program designed to support the academic success of children while also serving as a health promotion program for older adults. Her scientific career has defined the phenotype of frailty as a new clinical syndrome, provided evidence as to its causes, and identified opportunities for prevention. Her research has also identified approaches to prevent cardiovascular disease and the loss of independence with aging, a key factor to healthy aging.

Dr. Fried is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the APHA Archstone Award, U.S. National Bridge Builders Award, and Maxwell Pollock Award of the Gerontological Society of America, and she has been named a "Living Legend in Medicine" by the U.S. Congress. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and of the Association of American Physicians where she serves on the governing council. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council and Council on an Aging World, as well as the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society.

Conference co-chair Herbert Hauser, Ph.D., senior research scientist at The University of Scranton, said that the conference planning committee is extremely excited about Dr. Fried’s visit to the region and the conference. “I cannot express how happy I am that Dr. Fried accepted our invitation to be the keynote speaker at the conference," Dr. Hauser said. "With her immense experience in the field of aging, Dr. Fried brings a great deal of expertise and credibility to the conference and the region.”

The conference provides a forum that educates practitioners, providers, academics, economists, and the community with numerous and diverse presentations. This diverse group of academics and industry professionals promotes the view that healthy aging results from an integrated approach to caring for elders. The focus of this conference is to provide an opportunity to learn about best practices, new research findings and how our changing economy will affect healthy aging in NEPA. This forum provides the participants with an ability to interface academic findings with practical applications and, more importantly, facilitates collaboration between practitioners, health care institutions and academic centers. The conference also provides a platform from which information is disseminated to all concerned with healthy aging.       

For more information, contact Sufyan Mohammed, Ph.D., or Professor Jack Strain at (570) 941-6332. More information, including registration information can also be found at the conference’s website and Facebook page.

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