News & Events


The Columbia Aging Center presents a regular series of seminars, lectures, and public events. In addition, Age Boom Academy is a an annual forum for journalists to come together with researchers to better communicate the multifaceted social, economic, and health issues associated with population aging. Upcoming events may be found in the box in the upper box at right. (To request a list of past events, please email us.)  For news about Columbia Aging Center research and programs, please see the box at lower right.

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Our Brown Bag series is a regular, informal convening that features Columbia's top aging researchers as well as visiting scholars. Special lectures are also occasionally presented and have featured speakers from the global policy world to international aging scientists.

Distinguished Lectures

Twice-annually, this invitational offers the opportunity for an interdisciplinary look at topics of biopsychosocial relevance in aging with the world's foremost authorities.

October 17, 2017 - "Lifespan and Healthspan: Past Trends and Future Prospects"

Speaker: Eileen Crimmins, PhD, AARP Professor of Gerontology & University Professor, USC Leonard David School of Gerontology


April 12, 2017 - "Unequal Lives and Aging: What Do We Know and What Do We Need to Know"

Speaker: Carol D. Ryff, PhD, Hilldale Professor of Psychology & Director, Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison


October 27, 2016 - "Global Demographic Change and Its Economic Implications"

Speaker: David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University


April 21, 2016 - "Bone as a Rheostat of Aging"

Speaker: Gerard Karsenty, Professor and Chairman, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC


October 12, 2015 - "The Neurobiology of Individuality"

Speaker: Gerd Kempermann, Professor for Genomics of Regeneration at the Center of Regenerative Therapies, Technical University Dresden; Director at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Dresden


Public Events

Most of our seminars and lectures above are aimed at the research community but also open to the public; events in our public offerings are designed for a wider audience (a sample below):

October 24, 2017 - "Exceeding Expectations Panel Event"

June 11, 2016 - "The Centrality of Civic Engagement and Work for Aging Well"