On October 2-3, 2014, the CFAR conference on aging took place in Atlanta, GA. The theme of the conference was “HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis.” The conference aimed to bring together both experts and new investigators in an effort to advance science and clinical care for the growing population of aging HIV-positive adults. Highlights of the conference included a preconference mentoring workshop, a poster session and cocktail reception to explore translational science surrounding HIV and aging, and several plenary and break-out sessions.
Three Duke SBS Core Members participated in the conference as presenters. Dr. Susan Reif, Research Associate at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), and Dr. Sara LeGrand, Assistant Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and CHPIR, gave a presentation titled, “Intersection of HIV Disease and Health Disparities among Older Adults in the South.” Dr. Christina Meade, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical School and a member of DGHI, presented an afternoon breakout session titled, “Mental Health and Substance Abuse among HIV Positive Adults.”
The conference was hosted by CFAR, in collaboration with Emory University and the Atlanta Regional Geriatric Education Center (ARGEC).