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 - April) on Zoom and when in-person the WSU, Charles Lang Freer House, Hoobler Room located at 71 E. Ferry Street

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The above link is recurring meeting link that can be used for each Colloquium within our winter 2023 series.
Meeting ID: 981 1740 1498, Passcode: 821675
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2023 Schedule

March 3, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (In-person)
Lifespan Alliance Research Day (MORE INFO)
This event is an opportunity for the IOG and MPSI trainees to share their research.
Poster Location (9 am to noon) : WSU Skillman Building 100 E. Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202
Paper Pesentation Location (12:30 pm - 2:00) WSU, Freer House, 71 E. Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202
Buildings are adjacent to lot #35
WSU Campus Parking Lot 35: 5555 John R, Detroit, MI 48202

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

April 18 or 25
Topic (TBD) 


(Postponed) The Question Concerning the Aging Animal: Bovine-Human Bonds in Rwanda Aalyia Sadruddin

February 7, 9:30 am - 10:30 am (ET)
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 (EST) (Recording to come)
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 
Tam E. Perry, Associate Professor, Social of Social Work Wayne State University
Zoom Link:

November 15, 2022 (Access Recording)
Contributions of Episodic Memory to Imagination, Problem Solving, and Creativity'
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)**
Questions? contact, Dr. Tam Perry at

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