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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
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2020 CTSA Un-Meeting: Lifespan and Life Course Research

An Un-Meeting to advance translational research from early life to old age and across generations in diverse populations.

Event Program

Download the Lifespan and Life Course Research Un-Meeting program


Registration and travel nomination submissions are now closed.


Explore, enhance and disseminate strategies for lifespan and life course research study design; enhance recruitment, enrollment and retention across the lifespan through partnerships; share ideas and promote new collaborations

Attendance details

March 2 — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Northwestern Medicine
Prentice Women’s Hospital
230 E. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611

A welcome reception will be held Sunday, March 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, 225 E. Chicago Ave, 11th floor conference center

Hotel reservations

The Lifespan and Life Course Research Un-Meeting Planning Team has secured a discounted hotel group rate at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chicago (300 E. Ohio St.), just blocks away from the Un-Meeting conference space. Please reserve your room here. The group rate will be available through January 17. Please note: If you received a travel stipend, the Un-Meeting Planning Team will reserve a hotel room on your behalf; you do NOT need to reserve a hotel room, unless you wish to arrive before March 1 or depart after March 2.


  • Welcome and introductions
  • Un-Plenary Session 1: 4 speakers, 4 slides, 4 minutes on key themes
  • Idea generation and breakout meeting
  • Lunch break
  • Un-Plenary Session 2: featuring 4 TL1 Scholars
  • Additional breakout meetings
  • Un-Reports from breakout sessions key themes and action items
  • Next steps
  • Adjourn

Lifespan inclusion topics

  • Tailoring recruitment and retention
  • Capturing health status across transitions
  • Electronic health record data use for
    research across organizations
  • Challenges to consent; designing research protocols that address complexity and risk

Life course topics

  • Identifying biological determinants of health to inform clinical decision making 
  • Development of the “resilience phenotype”
  • Best practices for reproducibility; studying health and ‘handoffs’ across life stages
  • Measurements and methodologies


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