Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich will be the keynote speaker at an arthritis conference on Jan. 27.

UA BioCommunications

Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich, an internationally known expert on aging and an immune-system researcher at the University of Arizona, will give the keynote address, “Aging and Our Immunity,” at an arthritis conference Saturday, Jan. 27.

Nikolich-Zugich is co-director of the university’s Arizona Center on Aging and is a member of the UA Arthritis Center’s scientific advisory committee.

The conference, the UA Arthritis Center’s 16th Annual Living Healthy with Arthritis, will be held at Banner-University Medical Center’s DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nikolich-Zugich will discuss the biology of aging and the impact of aging on the immune system, according to a news release. He will explain the processes that the body endures as it ages and the impact of lifestyle and physiology.

“The idea is not to extend our life spans to live forever, but rather to live the years that we have as fully and capably as we can,” said Nikolich-Zugich.

His research includes vaccines and biomarkers of declining immunity in older adults, immune rejuvenation and immune monitoring in chronic conditions of aging.

Nikolich-Zugich also studies the impact of inflammation and nutritional intervention in aging, immunity and metabolic disorders. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and reviews about his work.

Conference sessions include:

  • “Knowledge is Power ... How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Aging: Cognitive Impairment, Frailty and Falls”
  • “The Road to Resiliency as We Age”
  • Linda Richman, author of “I’d Rather Laugh: How to be Happy Even When Life Has Other Plans for You”
  • “Pain and the Power of Perspective”
  • “The Latest Advancements in Cartilage Regeneration”

The conference registration has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 24, and the cost is $20 per person.

To register or for more information, go to the UA Arthritis Center website at arthritis.arizona.edu/annual-conference, email livinghealthy@arthritis.arizona.edu or call the center at 626-5040.

Contact reporter Carmen Duarte at cduarte@tucson.com or 573-4104. On Twitter: @cduartestar