4th Annual MAC Aging Research Symposium

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
May 1-2, 2023

About  |  Invited Speakers  |  ProgramRegistration  |  Abstract |    Travel & Poster awards  | Venue & Hotel  |  Meeting Organizers  |  Sponsors

Important Dates

January 15, 2023
January 15, 2023
January 20, 2023
March 15, 2023
March 15, 2023
April 15, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 1-2, 2023
Abstract submission open
Travel award application open
Registration open
Abstract submission deadline
Travel Award application deadline
Registration deadline
Hotel reservation deadline
Conference dates

About 2023 MAC Symposium

The Annual MAC Aging Research Symposium is the primary conference featuring the latest aging research from across the Midwest. The MAC symposium is also a great networking and career development opportunity for trainees and early-career scientists. The format of the conference will include oral sessions and poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from abstracts.

The MAC symposium is heavily focused on trainees. A number of travel and poster awards will be given to outstanding students and postdocs who will be presented at the symposium.

Join us in Ames

The 2023 MAC Symposium will be held in-person at Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. As a land grant and Research I institution, Iowa State University upholds and advocates for the impact of creative activities, scholarship, and education.

Discover Ames, Iowa

Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Rochelle Buffenstein
Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Buffenstein pioneered the naked mole-rat as a novel model for aging and biomedical research. She was a Senior Principal Investigator at Calico Life Sciences, and Professor at the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. She was the president of American Aging Association from 2013-2014.

Jennifer Margrett
Professor, Director of the Gerontology Program, Associate Dean of the College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University

Dr. Margrett’s research focuses on everyday functioning, competency, and cognition of humans throughout adulthood, development and optimal aging, and gerontology education and training. She is a fellow and the past division president of the American Psychological Association and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Session Speakers


The program will consist of 1.5 days of invited talks, abstract presentations, and poster sessions.

Program overview:
May 1st (Monday)
Breakfast (Included)
– Keynote Lecture 1
– Session 1: Cellular Senescence and Aging
– Session 2: Immunity and Aging
– Session 3: Poster teasers
Lunch (Included), Career Panel Discussion
– Session 4: Metabolism and Aging
– Session 5: Neurodegenerative Diseases and Aging
– Session 6: Poster presentation
Dinner (Included)

May 2nd (Tuesday morning)
Breakfast (Included)
– Keynote Lecture 2
– Session 7: Comparative Biology of Aging
– Session 8: Stress Response and Aging
– Session 9: Poster prizes/Travel awards, Business Meeting


Registration Fee (non-refundable):

Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student
Postdoc, Research Scientist
Faculty, Group Leader, PI

Registration Fee includes:
– All Conference Sessions
– Career Panel/Networking opportunities
– Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on May 1st; Breakfast on May 2nd

Registration Form Instructions:
– If you submit an abstract, please indicate if you’d like your abstract to be considered as an oral presentation in the registration form

Registration will be open on January 20, 2023
Deadline: April 15, 2023

Questions? Contact Us: hbai@iastate.edu

Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission Instructions:
– Please prepare your abstract in Microsoft Word, and follow the abstract template file below.

– Please name your abstract file following the format, “First name_Last name.docx”
– Font: Arial or Times New Roman, size 12
– Abstracts may not be longer than 3000 characters with spaces.
– The maximum size of your abstract file is 5 MB.
– In the abstract submission form, please provide your email and indicate if you’d like your abstract to be considered as an oral presentation
– Any abstracts that were not selected for oral presentations will be listed for poster presentations.
– To participate in the poster award competition, you must bring a poster and present it at the poster sessions; even your abstract is selected for a short talk.
– You will receive a confirmation email a few days after you submit your abstract. If you do not receive any confirmation email, please contact us, hbai@iastate.edu

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Questions? Contact Us: hbai@iastate.edu

Travel & Poster Awards

About 5 travel awards and 10 poster awards will be given to outstanding students and postdocs based on the scientific merits of their Curriculum Vitae, Abstracts, and/or Poster Presentations.

Apply for MAC Travel Award:
Please submit your Curriculum Vitae in PDF form using the application button below.
Your Curriculum Vitae must include: 1) Education; 2) Research Experience; 3) Publications; 4) Grant and Awards; 5) Conference Presentations; 6) Community/service activities. If any above activities are not applicable, you can leave them blank.

Deadline: March 15, 2023

Selection Criteria for MAC Travel Award:
1. Eligibility: Graduate students or postdocs who submit an abstract may apply for MAC Travel Awards.
2. Significance of research (based on the abstracts): Relevance to aging research and the potential impact on the field
3. Productivity (based on CV): Publication record, previous awards, conference presentations
4. Other considerations: Demonstrated service and leadership
5. The applications from graduate students and postdocs may be reviewed separately

Review Criteria for Best Poster Award:
1. Both scientific merit and clarity of presentation will be evaluated.
2. Presenting author on the abstract will receive the award
3. The posters from Undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs may be evaluated separately

Questions? Contact Us: hbai@iastate.edu

Venue and Hotel

The symposium will be held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames, IA:
2100 Green Hills Dr.
Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292-8600

More information about accommodations coming soon. Expected arrival for attendees is the evening of April 30th. The conference will adjourn at noon on May 2nd.

Questions? Contact Us: hbai@iastate.edu

Meeting Organizers

Hua Bai, Iowa State University
Ping Kang, Iowa State University
Marian Kohut, Iowa State University
Jennifer Margrett, Iowa State University
Maria Mihaylova, Ohio State University
Mauricio Rojas, Ohio State University
Ana Mora, Ohio State University
Anne Bronikowski, Michigan State University
Tim Rhoads, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Questions? Contact Us: hbai@iastate.edu

Meeting Sponsors

To be announced

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