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Public Lectures

The Stein Institute for Research on Aging and Center for Healthy Aging offer free public lectures promoting physical and mental well-being and staying active throughout life. Join us for this popular series with renowned researchers and clinicians sharing their expertise with the community.

Due to COVID-19, our lectures are held virtual via Zoom for the time being, we hope to return to in person soon!

Thursday, Jan 26th with Dr. Anthony Molina

4–5 p.m.

Register Here for 1.26

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Thursday, March 23rd with Dr. Zlatar

4–5 p.m.

Register Here for 3.23

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Recent Videos

Videos of Recent Stein Public Lectures

Stein Public Lecture: Global Healthy Aging - A Review of Efforts to Support Healthy Aging From Around the World by Dr. Alison Moore

The world's population is aging. How can we improve the lives of older people, their families, and their communities? Alison A. Moore, M.D., UC San Diego, shares the impacts of studying healthy aging globally. From the World Health Organization (WHO) to the UN and locally in San Diego, learn how the world community is studying aging to improve health, equity, longevity and more.


Stein Public Lecture: Making 2021 the Year of Wisdom with Dr. Dilip Jeste

For over two decades, geriatric psychiatrist Dilip Jeste, MD, has led the search for the biological and cognitive roots of wisdom. In this talk, Dr. Jeste reflects on the emerging field of the neurobiology of wisdom, its promise to help alleviate the modern epidemic of loneliness, and ways to nurture and grow this complex trait.


American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Distinguished Lecture


SAMHSA Keynote Lecture: Combating Social Isolation For Seniors During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Dilip Jeste, MD, was the keynote speaker at the Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2020 Webinar hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging (NCMHA). Elinore McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, and Lance Robertson, Assistant Secretary for Aging, joined Dr. Jeste for a thoughtful discussion, including practical ideas to promote connection and recovery for older adults with serious mental illness and substance use disorders, during this unprecedented time in our history. Videos from this May event are now available online.


The Modern Epidemic of Loneliness: Using Wisdom as Behavioral Vaccine with Dilip V. Jeste, MD

As societal stresses have increased, loneliness and social isolation have become silent killers. Dilip Jeste, MD, a geriatric neuropsychiatrist who specializes in successful aging, explains how loneliness has become an epidemic, the risk factors, helpful interventions, and how we can harness wisdom for compassion, self regulation, and more.


Follow Your Gut: Microbiomes and Aging with Dr. Rob Knight

Rob Knight, PhD, explores the unseen microbial world that exists literally right under our noses and everywhere else on (and in) our bodies. He discusses the important influence the microbiome may have on the aging process and many end-of-life diseases.


The Future of Age Friendly Communities: Aging 2.0

Join The San Diego Foundation and Aging 2.0 co-founder Katy Fike, PhD to learn how businesses are working together with community members to innovate an age-friendly San Diego. Discover how new products are enhancing mobility, home safety, and health services, and how we can uphold unprecedented access to leading innovations for the next generation of inventive older adults.


Finding Effective Treatments and Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease

From neuropathology to molecular target to clinical treatments, where are we on the road to finding an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease? Howard Feldman, MD, FRCP(C), a neurologist noted for his original research in geriatric cognitive disorders and expertise in large-scale clinical trials, walks through the latest research and shares some tips on brain health.


Research Updates on Parkinsonian Disorders with Irene Litvan

Irene Litvan, MD, FAAN, FANA, Director of UC San Diego's Movement Disorder Program, discusses the latest advances in detection and treatment of Parkinsonian Disorders including examples of her fascinating work in PSP and Parkinson's disease. She will also provide practical advice for reducing the risk of developing these disorder.


​Heart Healthy Eating with Vicky Newman, RD

Learn the latest practical dietary suggestions to reduce risk and progression of heart disease, including strategies for reducing inflammation and lowering LDL cholesterol (i.e., the "bad" cholesterol). Vicky Newman, a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with years of experience in dietary behavior change research, talks about the protective compounds found in big color, big flavor plant foods, including dark chocolate and red wine.


The Roehr Memorial Lecture: The Science of Laughter and Chocolate with Dr. Lee Berk and Ryan Berk

Dr. Berk has spent nearly three decades studying the ​​effects

of a good laugh on your brain and body, including hormone and immune systems. He is joined by his son, Ryan Berk, a chef and a chocolatier, as together they give a scientific presentation on the benefits of humor and chocolate for your health.


Preparing for the Elder Boom in San Diego with Ai-Jen Poo

Ms. Poo discusses caregiving opportunities to alleviate social isolation, increase community support, and improve health services toward a truly Age-Friendly San Diego.

Hosted in partnership with The San Diego Foundation and the Malin Burnham Center for Civic Engagement


The Impact of Exercise on Cognitive Functioning with Amy Jak, PhD

Dr. Jak explores the relationship between activity levels, cognition and brain changes over time and how participation in physical activity may contribute to improvements of cognitive functioning in adults.


Taking Steps to Prevent Falls with Kimberley Bell, DPT

Dr. Bell addresses the issue of falls in the aging population and discusses evidence-based strategies to reduce fall risk.


How to Manage Your Medications - Research on Aging – Video

As we and our loved ones age, the likelihood of taking medicines increases. How to manage your medications? How to reduce the chance of harmful drug interactions? How to find help in making prescription drug choices? Join Joe Ma, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, as he makes sense of it all.

Directions and Parking

Parking and Directions for Public Lectures

Unfortunately, we don't provide parking permits to public lecture attendees (unless otherwise noted). Please purchase a permit from a kiosk at any parking structure at UC San Diego or park in a metered space. Make sure you select a parking space allowed by your permit and be sure the permit is properly displayed. Learn more about visitor parking at UCSD.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page for Handicap/Accessible Parking Information


Driving Directions to Gilman Parking Lot

From I-5 North

  1. Traveling on Interstate 5-North
  2. Exit La Jolla Village Drive
  3. Turn left onto La Jolla Village Drive
  4. Turn right onto Villa La Jolla Drive (1st light)
  5. Cross Gilman Drive to enter Gilman Parking Structure
  6. Park in a VP (Visitor) space on first or second floor - purchase permit at pay station machine located near exit or elevator. Visitor Parking is $3.00 per hour. Credit, debit cards, or cash is accepted. Place permit on dashboard of your car
  7. If you have a UCSD parking permit, make sure you park in a space allowed by your permit. Please note that "A" and "B" parking spaces are located in the third and higher levels of the Gilman Parking Structure

From I-5 South

  1. Traveling on Interstate 5-South
  2. Exit La Jolla Village Drive
  3. Turn right onto La Jolla Village Drive
  4. Turn right onto Villa La Jolla Drive (2nd light)
  5. Cross Gilman Drive to enter Gilman Parking Structure
  6. Park in a VP (Visitor) space on first or second floor - purchase permit at pay station machine located near exit or elevator. Visitor Parking is $3.00 per hour. Credit, debit cards, or cash is accepted. Place permit on dashboard of your car
  7. If you have a UCSD parking permit, make sure you park in a space allowed by your permit. Please note that "A" and "B" parking spaces are located in the third and higher levels of the Gilman Parking Structure

Directions from Gilman Parking Lot to Liebow Auditorium

Liebow Auditorium is located within the Biomedical Science Building, BSB:

    1. From Gilman Parking Structure, cross Gilman Drive towards Parking Lot P602.
    2. Take the small asphalt path to the right of Stein Clinical Research Building.
    3. Cross the lawn (or follow the sidewalk) towards the Medical Teaching Facility Building (MTF)
    4. The Medical Teaching Facility is comprised of two buildings which are connected by a pedestrian bridge.
    5. Walk between the two MFT buildings (i.e., walk under the MTF building's pedestrian bridge).
    6. Continue along the sidewalk to enter the Biomedical Sciences Building through large sliding glass doors.
    7. Turn left at the second hallway and take an elevator to the 2nd floor. Liebow Auditorium is in the Basic Science Building on the 2nd floor.
    8. Click here for a map.


Directions from Gilman Parking Lot to Garren Auditorium

Garren Auditorium is located within the Biomedical Science Building, BSB:

      1. From Gilman Parking Structure, cross Gilman Drive towards Parking Lot P602.
      2. Take the small asphalt path to the right of Stein Clinical Research Building.
      3. Cross the lawn (or follow the sidewalk) towards the Medical Teaching Facility Building (MTF)
      4. The Medical Teaching Facility is comprised of two buildings which are connected by a pedestrian bridge.
      5. Walk between the two MFT buildings (i.e., walk under the MTF building's pedestrian bridge).
      6. Continue along the sidewalk to enter the Biomedical Sciences Building through large sliding glass doors.
      7. Turn left at the first hallway. Garren Auditorium will be on your right, Room 1105
      8. Click here for a map.


    Directions from Gilman Parking Lot to MET Auditorium

    The Medical Education and Telemedicine Building is known as MET, for short:

      1. From Gilman Parking Structure, cross Gilman Drive towards Parking Lot P602.
      2. Take the small asphalt path to the right of Stein Clinical Research Building.
      3. When that path ends, make a right (as if walking away from Stein Clinical Research Building).
      4. Make a left when you reach the Medical Teaching Facility
      5. Follow that sidewalk, the glass building on your left is the Telemedicine/MET building.
      6. As you continue walking, you should see the building's courtyard, which is where registration takes place, as well as the entrance to the lower auditorium.
      7. Click here for a map of MET auditorium.

    Handicap/Accessible Parking Information:

    If you have a disabled person placard, you do not need a permit and are allowed to park in any handicap, metered space (no fee required), spaces marked S, B or A. Please make sure your placard is clearly displayed. You are not allowed to park in "reserved" spaces or those which indicate that "a permit must be displayed 24 hrs a day 7 days a week." While you are more than welcome to park at the Gilman Parking Structure (directions below), there is a parking lot that is in closer proximity to Garren Auditorium: parking lot P602. Please follow steps 1-4 of the directions to reach Gilman Parking Lot, then turn left on Gilman Drive, and left on Russell Lane (1st left). We recommend parking on the far right side of the lot as that is closer to Garren Auditorium. Read more additional information and guidelines.


    If you have any questions about parking or event locations, please contact: aging@ucsd.edu or 858-534-6299