Annual Symposium
9:00 AM to 4:40 PM | May 8, 2023

Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium 2023

Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB)
Audience This is a public event.

Aging and Age-Related Diseases

Aging is a universal phenomenon across all organisms. This year's Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium will explore the aging process and age-related disease models in a variety of model organisms, as well as the insights they can offer about human health and disease.


  • 9:00 a.m. | Welcome
    Roger D. Cone, Ph.D.
    Vice Provost and Director, U-M Biosciences Initiative; Mary Sue Coleman Director, Life Sciences Institute; Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Medical School; Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • 9:05 a.m. | The peculiar findings that link mitochondria to aging
    Andrew Dillin, Ph.D.
    Thomas and Stacey Siebel Distinguished Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Professor of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Berkeley; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • 10:10 a.m. | Bennett J. Cohen Award for Research in Aging Lecture — The nutrient-sensing network and health during aging
    Linda Partridge, D.Phil.
    Professorial Research Fellow, Honorary Weldon Professor of Biometry, Institute of Healthy Ageing and Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London
  • 11:00 a.m. | Morning break
  • 11:10 a.m. | Aging and rejuvenation in ants
    Claude Desplan, Ph.D.
    Silver Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, New York University
  • 12:05 p.m. | Poster session and lunch, BSRB ABC and Upper Atrium
  • 1:30 p.m. | Welcome back
    Alan R. Saltiel, Ph.D. 
    Professor and Director, Institute for Diabetes and Metabolic Health, University of California San Diego School of Medicine; Director, Life Sciences Institute (2002–2015)
  • 1:35 p.m. | Introduction of the Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecturer
    Laurie K. McCauley, D.D.S., Ph.D. 
    Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs; William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Professor of Periodontics, Professor of Dentistry, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry; Professor of Pathology, Medical School
  • 1:45 p.m. | Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecture — Cross-species genetics to map new players in mitochondria and aging
    Johan Auwerx, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor, Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2:35  p.m. | A blueprint for successful aging: The long-lived cancer-resistant naked mole-rat
    Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D.
    Research Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 3:30 p.m. | Afternoon break
  • 3:40 p.m. | How to die young at a very old age
    Nir Barzilai, M.D.
    Director, Einstein Institute for Aging Research; Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • 4:35 p.m. | Closing remarks


Johan Auwerx headshot
Johan Auwerx, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
Nir Barzilai headshot
Nir Barzilai, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Genetics
Director, Institute for Aging Research
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Rochelle Buffenstein headshot
Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D.
Research Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Claude Desplan headshot
Claude Desplan, D.Sc., Ph.D.
Silver Professor; Professor of Biology and Neural Science
New York University
Andrew Dillin speaking at a conference
Andrew Dillin, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley,
Linda Partridge headshot
Linda Partridge, D.Phil.
Professorial Research Fellow, Genetics, Evolution & Environment
University College London


U-M Life Sciences Institute
Michigan Medicine Geriatrics Center