The second HARC workshop, “Age-Related Diseases: Mechanisms and New Trends in Treatment and Prevention”, took place on March 27-28th, 2014.
The workshop involved coordinated efforts of HARC Research Area 1 investigators from the Department of Geriatrics (head: Prof. Tomasz Kostka) with a strong, logistic support of the HARC office, particularly Ms. Martyna Głogowska.
We hosted 17 guests, internationally renowned scientists involved in studies on geriatric nutrition, physical activity and preventive gerontology. The workshop has been arranged in six sessions (three sessions per day) and poster presentation session. The workshop was opened by HARC deputy coordinator and vice-rector of MUL prof. Lucyna Woźniak and prof. Tomasz Kostka.
During the first session 3 lectures were provided by Jean-Pierre Michel (CH) (Nutrition and healthy ageing), by Tommy Cederholm (S) (Sarcopenia of old age - mechanisms and treatment) and by Iwona Kłoszewska (PL) (Body composition, metabolic processes and cognitive functions: Is there a link? MUL Lodz NutrDem Project).
During the second session the lectures were provided by Adam Gordon (UK) (Organising geriatrics at the interface - a challenge for the 21st Century), by Mirko Petrovic (B) (Appropriate prescribing in older people) and by Tomasz Grodzicki (PL) (Heart failure in the elderly).
During the third session two lectures were provided: Joseph Flaherty (US) (Delirium in geriatrics) and Jerzy Gąsowski (PL) (Hypertension in the very old patients). Sophie MOULIAS (F) (Ethical aspects of care in elderly patients) could not come due to familial reasons, however she provided her slides for the workshop participants.
Beyond sessions (lectures and discussions) we also had poster session that included presentations of young researchers from our University as well as other Polish academic centers.
The second day started with the fourth session. Robert B. Wallace (US) (Concepts and utility of multi-morbidity in geriatrics), Graziano Onder (I) (Strategies to reduce the risk of iatrogenic illness in multimorbid older adults) and Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis (PL) (Drug related problems - Polish perspective) were the lecturers.
During the fifth session the lectures were provided by Rainer Rauramaa (SF) (Exercise, diet and cognition – current evidence for prevention and treatment), by Lars Donath (CH) (Physical activity, balance, gait performance and falls prevention in seniors) and by Benoit Dugue (F) (Cryotherapy/cryostimulation in the context of physical exercise and recovery: possible indications for elderly subjects).
During the final sixth session the lectures were provided by Jan Szewieczek (PL) (Blood pressure in centenarians), by Marc Bonnefoy (F) (Nutrition in the elderly, new approaches for prevention and treatment) and by Tomasz Kostka (PL) (May the power be with us).
All sessions included time for questions & answers providing a chance for lively and profound discussions. Finally, the organizers are happy to note that all invited speakers emphasized very good logistic and on-site organization.
Professor Tomasz Kostka, HARC Workshop II coordinator