The Parkin lectureship was endowed by a gift from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago, Illinois, in memory of Joe L. Parkin, a former president of the Foundation who attended The University of Iowa. The lecture focuses on aspects of research, practice, or policies that affect the elderly population.




2018 Michael Merzenich, PhD
Director, Brain Plasticity Institute
Chief Scientific Officer and Board Chairman
Posit Science
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Otolaryngology and Physiology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Stronger Brains in Older Citizens: New Strategies for Managing Organic Brain Health
2017 Christoph Englert, PhD
Professor of Molecular Genetics
Leibniz Institute on Aging
Fritz Lipmann Institute and Friedrich-Schiller University
A Short-Lived Fish as a New Model for Aging
2016 Brian Kennedy, PhD
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
The Age of Aging -- Can we Intervene?
2015 Philip A. Pizzo, MD
Stanford University
New Beginnings: A Role of Higher Education in Recalibrating the Life Journey
2014 Christine K. Cassel, MD
President and CEO
National Quality Forum
Building a Bridge Across the Quality Chasm: Connecting Evidence-based Geriatric Care with Quality Indicators and Payment


Bernard Hammes, PhD
Gundersen Health System

Having Your Own Say: Getting the Right Care When It Matters Most


David B. Reuben, MD
UCLA Center for Health Sciences

Health Care for Old People: Who is going to care for us and how?


Laura Carstensen, PhD
Director, Longevity Center, Stanford University

Long Life in the 21st Century


Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP
Mount Sinai Medical Center

Palliative Care in Hospitals


Cynthia J. Kenyon, PhD
University of CA at San Francisco

Genes and Cells that Control the Rate of Aging


Graham D. Rowles, PhD
University of Kentucky

The Meaning of Home in Rural America


Stephen J. McPhee, MD
University of CA at San Francisco

Care at the End of Life:  Addressing Needs of Patients and Families


Leonard Hayflick, PhD
University of CA at San Francisco

The Biology of Human Aging and Longevity Determination


Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH
University of NC, Chapel Hill

New Developments in the Care of Older Persons:  Impact of Assisted Living on Nursing Homes


Burton V. Reifler, MD, MPH
Wake Forest Medical

Mental Health and Aging


Richard J. Caselli, MD
Mayo Clinic

Focal & Asymmetric Cortical Degeneration Syndromes


William R. Hazzard, MD
University of Washington

Why Women Live Longer than Men:  Social/Cultural versus Biomedical Mechanisms and Implications for Healthcare in Society in the 21st Century