Research Colloquia

The IOG colloquia are opportunities for expert researchers to present their work to graduate students, faculty, community members, and partners. Colloquia speakers come from local, national and international universities and take place twice a month, September through April. Colloquia are held in the Hoobler room at  WSU, Charles Lang Freer House, located at 71 E. Ferry Street and occasionally on zoom. 2023 Fall Schedule
Questions? contact, Dr. Tam Perry at

2023-2024 Schedule - If you would like to recieve our colloquia invitation (twice monthly Sept thru April) join our list here.

Sept 12, 2023 | 9:30-10:30am at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Who’s on your team? Exploring the variability in family caregiver networks for individuals living with dementia
Amanda Leggett Assistant Professor Institute of Gerontology & Department of Psychology Wayne State University

CANCELLED: Sept 19, 2023 | 9:30-10:30am at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Rhesus Monkey Model of Normal Cognitive Aging: New Views on Success and Failure
Douglas L. Rosene Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine Boston University

Sept 21, 2023 | 10:00 am - Noon at WSU WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Charting a Career Trajectory: The importance of Professional Organizations
James Appleby and Peter Lichtenberg

  • Emerging scholars meet with James Appleby (GSA CEO) and Peter Lichtenberg, (Director of IOG; GSA Past-President)
  • Emerging scholars present their research

Oct 3, 2023 | 9:30-10:30am (Professional Development) at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Perspectives on Graduate Education*
Amanda Bryant-Friedrich Dean of the Graduate School Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences Wayne State University

Oct. 17, 2023 | 9:30-10:30am at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Professional Development Navigating Conferences: A discussion with the Training Directors*
Tam Perry (IOG) Julie Wargo-Aikins (MPSI)

Oct. 19, 2023 | Noon - 1:00 pm at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Professional Development Navigating the path to a post doc and making the most of the position once you’ve there*
Clara Zundel Postdoctoral Research Fellow Behavioral Neuroscience Wayne State University

Nov 16, 2023 | Noon-1pm, at WSU Freer House, Hoobler Room
Working with Community Partners*
Beverly Weathington, Community Engagement Coordinator, WSU, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute

Nov 21, 2023 | Zoom ONLY
The Question Concerning the Aging Animal: Bovine Human Bonds in Rwanda
Aalyia Sadruddin, Assistant Professor of Cultural and Medical Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill
ZOOM Topic: IOG Colloquium Series Fall 2023 and Winter 2024
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 951 8368 8938
Passcode: 235555

Dec 12, 2023 | Zoom ONLY
Neural differentiation and age-related memory decline
Dr. Michael Rugg, University of Texas at Dallas, Distinguished Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Director, Center for Vital LongevityZOOM Topic: IOG Colloquium Series Fall 2023 and Winter 2024
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 951 8368 8938
Passcode: 235555



March 3, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lifespan Alliance Research Day

April 11, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Noll Campbell
Associate Professor for Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University, Faculty Associate,Indiana University Center on Center on Aging and Life Course

February 7, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Struggling to age in Place: Long Term Detroiters' fight to stop displacement, resegregation, and gentrification
Allison Laskey
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University

January 17, 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Visual Attention in Healthy Ageing: The Glass is Half Full
Daniel Levy

Professor, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Reichman University

December 6, 2022 (Public event, open to all)
The quest for early detection in Alzheimer's disease: What blood-based biomarkers and cognitive tests might tell us
Christopher Engeland, Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health The Pennsylvania State University

November 29, 2022 (Access Recording)
Aging with Hemophilia: Perspectives from a Cohort 
Speaker: Tam E. Perry, Associate Professor, Social of Social Work Wayne State University

November 15, 2022 (Access Recording)
Contributions of Episodic Memory to Imagination, Problem Solving, and Creativity'
Speaker: Daniel SchacterWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Department of Psychology Harvard University

October 25, 2022, 9:30 -10:30 am (Access Recording)
Professional Development for WSU Grad Student
Engaging with Community Partners: Perspectives from Agency Partners
Melissa Draughn, Director of Social Work, Hannan Foundation
Lenora Hardy-Foster, President and CEO, Judson Center
Anne Holmes Davis, VP of Planning and Programming, Detroit Area Agency on Aging
Daniel Horrigan, Community Outreach Coordinator, Hannan Foundation
Claudia Sanford, Tenant Organizer, United Community Housing Coalition

October 11, 2022, 9:30-10:30am (Access Recording)
The Link Between Social Engagement and Health in Later Life: Potential Pathways 
Speaker: Seoyoun Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas State University

September 27, 2022, 9:30-10:30am (Access Recording)
Visual Processing in the Aging Brain
Speaker: Adrianna Ruiz-Rizzo, Department of Neurology, Jena University Hospital

September 13, 2022
Navigating Graduate School: Reflections from the Training Directors
Tam Perry, WSU, Institute of Gerontology
Gail Summers-Jensen, WSU, Institute of Gerontology
Julie Wargo-Aikins, WSU, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
**Professional development for IOG and MPSI trainees (private event)**

Wayne State University is an Age-friendly University. Thank you for your interest in our programming.