Resilience Research Colloquium 2023 - Presented by Duke Pepper Center and Duke Roybal Center

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Friday, January 27, 2023
Trent Semans Center Great Hall, Duke University School of Medicine

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Registration deadline: January 6, 2023



  1. Define and measure reserve and resilience in multiple domains
  2. Describe what is known about how physical and psychosocial reserve and resilience interact with each other and influence health outcomes following a stressor
  3. Identify key research gaps and opportunities that would move us toward resilience-promoting interventions
  4. Foster new research collaborations across disciplines


8:30                 Registration, coffee, networking

8:45-9:00         Welcome, introduction to goals and speakers, case studies (15 minutes)

9:00-11:45       State of the Science Summaries – 15-minute talks + 10-minute Q+A

  • 9:00-9:25         Definitions and measures of physical reserve and resilience  Kenneth Schmader, MD
  • 9:25-9:50         Physiologic determinants of physical recovery after a health stressor  William Kraus, MD
  • 9:50-10:15       Definitions and measures of psychosocial reserve and resilience Katherine Ramos, PhD
  • 10:15-10:30     Break (15 min)
  • 10:30-10:55     Determinants of psychological recovery after a health stressor  Tamara Somers, PhD
  • 10:55-11:20     The intersection of physical and psychosocial resilience: state of the science and research opportunities  Frank Keefe, PhD
  • 11:20-11:45     How social determinants of health influence physical and psychological resilience,
    the stress process model
     Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD, MS

11:45-12:15                 Lunch/Break

12:15-12:30                 Study design “case study” framing research challenges and approaches in studying resilience, the PRIME-Knee Study                                                                                    Cathleen Colón-Emeric, MD, MHS and Carl Pieper, DrPh

12:30-12:40                 Break Out Group Instructions and Formation

12:45-1:45                   Facilitated break out groups by topic areas: acute physical stressors; cognitive  resilience; psychological, social, and choric health stressors; study design issues and methodologies

  • Identify key research gaps that must be filled before we can move to intervention
  • Discuss analytic and modeling needs for them
  • Discuss how to promote equity and inclusion

1:45-2:15                     Break out group report back in large group

2:15-2:30                     Large group discussion on key research priorities and wrap-up: relevant funding opportunities, NIA initiatives