UConn Center on Aging researcher named to Gerontological Society of America board

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The Gerontological Society of America has just named its new elected officials, including Laura Haynes, Ph.D.of UConn School of Medicine and the UConn Center on Aging.

Haynes was elected as a new board member and will take office in early 2023.

As an immunologist and gerontologist at UConn Health, Haynes leads major research funded by the National Institute on Aging aimed at better understanding how aging influences the response to viral infections such as influenza with the goal of improving the overall health of people. the elderly.

Laura Haynes, Ph.D., professor of immunology at the UConn Center on Aging in her lab at the UConn School of Medicine (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Health photo).

The Gerontological Society of America is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The main mission of the Society is to advance the study of aging and to disseminate information to scientists, decision-makers and the general public.

Haynes was elected by the membership of the Society, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, and practitioners specializing in all aspects of gerontology, including the biological sciences, behavioral and social sciences, as well as social research and politics. As an officer of the GSA, she will be responsible for matters of leadership and strategic planning.

“GSA’s mission is to cultivate excellence in interdisciplinary aging research and education to advance innovations in practice and policy. This is an incredible opportunity to influence the overall direction and integration of the work done by GSA members,” said Haynes, a professor in the Department of Immunology at UConn School of Medicine and UConn Center on Aging.

“This important election speaks volumes about the high regard in which Dr. Haynes is held by her colleagues across the country, and among the various disciplines contributing to aging research, education and clinical care,” said Dr. George Kucheldirector of the UConn Center on Aging.

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