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Exciting Summit on Aging Research and Technology at UC Berkeley

Susan Pierpoint  | Published on 9/17/2018
Exciting Summit on Aging Research and Technology at UC Berkeley:
North Oakland Village was There!

North Oakland Village had a table at this Summit, handed out brochures, took signups for volunteers/newsletter/membership and learned about the frontier of research and tech aimed at lively aging.  Here is a summary of the conference from the Osher Lifelong Learning Center September newsletter:  

The Aging Research and Technology Innovation Summit on August 17 drew over 300 people from six UC campuses — and from as far away as Germany and Denmark — for a day of speakers, awards, poster sessions, and valuable networking focused on cutting-edge aging research and technologies. The summit highlighted the educational and research mission of the University of California and its diverse and significant impact on improving the well-being of older adults.

Summit presentations gave an overview of recent work in fields as diverse as genetics, mechanical engineering, and demography. One of the most memorable panels, entitled “Training the Next Generation of Researchers / Engaging the Current Generation of Older Adults,” was moderated by Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and highlighted undergraduate research collaborations:

  • Assistant Professor Grace O’Connell talked about her course “Designing for the Human Body” (ME178 / BioE137), where students partnered with Bay Area nonprofits on design projects such as 3D-printed upper limb prosthetics.
  • Joshua Price, a UC Berkeley senior and one of the inaugural Fung Fellows, spoke about his work in the Bove Lab at UCSF Neurology, where he helped to develop a toolkit that evaluated multiple sclerosis patients using artificial intelligence to analyze voice recording, gait tracking, and virtual reality eye tracking.
  • Joni Rubin, Director of the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations, gave an overview of the program's focus on experiential learning, human-centered design, and community involvement.
  • OLLI director Susan Hoffman described the GAIT project, where undergraduate Fung Fellows consulted with OLLI members and designed a prototype for wearable gait training technology. (See video below.)
Allison Sekuler, Managing Director of the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), captured the mood of the day when she said “We need to stop thinking of aging as a disease and start thinking of it as an opportunity to grow.”

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