The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will hold the 12th annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 18 and 19. The scientific session will take place from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Lee T. Todd Building.

The scientific session features two leaders in the Alzheimer’s and dementia field as the event’s keynote speakers. Attendees will hear from Ann McKee, MD, of Boston University. McKee is a leader in the study of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). McKee will be joined by Josh Grill, PhD, of University of California Irvine. Grill is a leader in clinical trial design and recruitment. Additionally, four Sanders-Brown researchers will participate in the program. The session also includes a poster session and boxed lunch.

This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.   

For those interested in submitting an abstract the deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Please follow the instructions below:

There is a poster competition for outstanding work by students (graduate or undergraduate) and postdocs (PhD or MD trainees/fellows). The student or postdoc must be the presenting (first) author and must submit the abstract under his or her name.

Abstract preparation instructions

  • Abstract should be a Microsoft Word document with Arial 12-point font.
  • Titles should include authors and affiliations. Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment to and awareness by the author(s) for studies described within the abstract.
  • Prepare abstracts with section headings as Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Do not include references in abstracts.
  • Include actual data in the form of numerical values, not tables or graphs.
  • Include grant support, including grant source and identifying number, at the end of abstract.
  • The body of the abstract must not exceed 3,000 characters (including spaces). Do not use tables and graphs.

Submit your abstract via email to

  Poster preparation instructions

  • Poster tac boards and push pins will be provided. Posters should be no more than 36 inches in height, 54 inches in width. 
  • Poster should focus on hypothesis, methods, and results/conclusions. Please include reference to grant support (agency/identification number) for funded research.
  • Participants will be assigned a poster number before the day of the event. Use this number to locate your space assignment and mount your poster.
  • Please do not arrive before 10:45 a.m. Classes will be meeting that day, and our event does not officially begin until 11 a.m. Proceed quietly and efficiently to mount your poster on your assigned poster board in the Todd 1st Floor Atrium.

The community session is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington. The session will run from 8 a.m. until noon and will feature McKee and Grill as keynote speakers. More info can be found here.