and learn
with leading researchers in aging
at the Chicagoland Research Symposium

A unique opportunity to learn, share, and collaborate with industry experts

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging holds the annual Chicagoland Research Symposium to connect researchers in the field of aging. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with other area researchers and exchange ideas, discuss current projects, and plant seeds for partnerships.

You’ll hear from leading researchers in the field of aging and have a chance to browse poster presentations.

Scroll down to register. Please register by Friday, October 6.

2017 Presentations

Keynote: Aging Trajectories: Personality, Society, and Growth

Margaret Hellie Huyck, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Older Women’s League (OWL)

In this talk, Dr. Huyck will critically examine the ideas of successful aging, resilience, and growth. She will review the literature on who is showing resilience and well-being in old age, touching on the role of gender, genetics, emotional regulation, social connectedness, personality, and social structure.

Panel #1: Researching Diverse Older Populations

A panel of researchers with extensive experience conducting research with a variety of older adult populations shares insights into issues relating to research of minority populations.


Naoko Muramatsu, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lissette Piedra, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, University of Chicago, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Karen Graham,  Rush College of Nursing, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center


Panel #2: Aged to Perfection

Since 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and St. John’s on the Lake senior living community have offered an introductory course on aging that is co-created and co-taught by St. John’s residents. This panel highlights the experiences and perspectives of the administrators at both UWM and St. John’s, older-adult instructors, and students. The aim of this panel is to hear a variety of perspectives on what makes this course and intergenerational initiatives more broadly successful and meaningful for all involved.


Rachelle Alioto, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Donna Spars, St. John’s on the Lake

St. John’s residents

UWM Students

Congratulations to Last Year’s Poster Winner

“The Protective Effects of
Religiosity on Depression:
A 2-Year Prospective Study”

Corina Ronneberg
University of Illinois, Chicago

Symposium Agenda

9:00–9:30 a.m.
Networking and Poster Presentations

9:30–9:40 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions

9:40–10:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Aging Trajectories: Personality, Society, and Growth

10:15-10:30 a.m.

10:30–11:15 a.m.
Panel 1: Researching Diverse Older Populations

11:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel 2: Aged to Perfection

Register for the 2017 Chicagoland Research Symposium

Symposium Fees:
This half-day symposium is open to all interested researchers, and there is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required by Friday, October 6.

For additional information:
Contact Roscoe Nicholson at

Symposium Date:
Friday, October 13
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Symposium Location:
Gleacher Center
The University of Chicago (downtown campus)
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

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Submit your Research for a Poster Presentation

Attendees are encouraged to submit their original research for poster presentations at the symposium.

1. Please submit your own research.

2. Describe your research in 250 words or less. Include study methods, findings, and implications. You may submit research/posters presented at other forums.

3. You are responsible for creating, transporting, and presenting your poster(s)/research.

4. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best entry.

NOTE: The deadline for submitting a poster has passed.