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2015 Jonas Salk Symposium on Wisdom and Aging

In December 7, 2015, a panel of distinguished speakers joined 150 participant-observers at Pitt Public Health’s second annual Jonas Salk Symposium. During this year’s symposium, scholars representing different fields discussed the intersection of wisdom and aging, each through a unique lens ranging from anthropology to neurobiology. A lively discussion was held between the panelists and observers representing the University and Pittsburgh communities, including several dozen participants from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Following the symposium, panelists gathered to begin work on an article for publication. Pitt Public Health continues to advance this topic through the Center for Aging and Population Health and in collaboration with the UPMC/Pitt Aging Institute.

Program Agenda and Videos

Monday, December 7, 2015


8:45 Peter L. Salk, MD, Remarks and initial discussion
A Perspective on Wisdom

9:15 Caterina Rosano, MD, professor of epidemiology, Pitt Public Health
The Wisdom of Population Neuroscience Methods to Understand Resilience to Brain Aging

10:15 Dilip Jeste, MD, professor in geriatric psychiatry and associate dean for aging studies, University of California, San Diego
Neuroscience of Wisdom

11:00 Dan Blazer, MD, PhD, professor in geriatric psychiatry, Duke; chair, IOM Study of Cognitive Aging
Practical Wisdom and the Aging Brain: Reflections on the IOM Report on Cognitive Aging

11:45 Jacqui Smith, PhD, professor of psychology, University of Michigan
Applying Wisdom to Life in Old Age

1:00 Baruch Fischhoff, PhD, Howard Heinz Professor of Social and Decision Sciences, Engineering, and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Wisdom in Academia?

1:45 Rachel Caspari, PhD, professor of anthropology, Central Michigan University
An Evolutionary Perspective on Wisdom and Aging: Longevity and the Origin of Modern Humans

2:30 Phil Kao, PhD, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; conference rapporteur
The Performativity of Wisdom within and beyond Society

3:30 Salk Symposium on Wisdom and Aging: Overview Discussion
(general discussion moderated by Chip Reynolds)

The discussion continued among the speakers and hosts on Tuesday, December 8 to finalize recommendations and next steps.

About the Jonas Salk Symposia Series at Pitt Public Health

While most known for polio vaccine development, Jonas Salk's broader commitments to a sustainable human future were major topics of his later writings on the environment, the economy, global health, the meaning of health, and the human dimension of creating constructive change. The Jonas Salk Symposia, hosted by Pitt Public Health, honor him by bringing together speakers from diverse disciplines to discuss the continuing importance of one such theme each year. Recent, upcoming, and proposed symposia topics include:

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