Internationally Renowned Gerontology Expert to Present Keynote at Gerontology Conference


Dr. John Morley

Dr. John Morley, an internationally recognized expert in gerontology, will be the keynote speaker at the “A Bold New Path to Disrupt Aging: A Gerontology Conference for Professionals” May 3 in Cape Girardeau.

Morley is the Dammert Professor of Gerontology and director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, both at Saint Louis University Medical Center. He will present the keynote address at 8:30 a.m.

The conference will be held at the Show Me Center at 1333 N. Sprigg St. from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is $50 (with continuing education credits) and free for students with a student ID. The registration fee includes lunch, access to  exhibitors and conference materials. Register online at

The conference is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, Aging Matters (Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Missouri Area Health Education Centers and Saint Louis University.

“This one-day conference provides a forum for gerontology health care professionals, providers, administrators, educators, regulatory personnel and others interested to discuss complex care issues common to all who care for older adults, regardless of setting,” said Desma Reno, conference chair and assistant professor of nursing at Southeast Missouri State University. “This conference will offer the latest information on a variety of geriatric-related topics that will include updates on aging trends in Missouri, a special session on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy, falls and innovative approaches in Parkinson’s Disease.”

Speakers and programs will focus on a variety of current treatment modalities surrounding the care of older adults; discuss research and clinical evidence for safe patient handling and falls management of older adults; highlight resources to improve overall health status for aging populations; explain how to apply the key principles for Cognitive Stimulation Therapy; and how to apply new concepts in the clinical practice/case management setting for care of older patients.

Morley, the keynote speaker, is an internationally recognized expert in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), nutrition and general aging issues. He holds a medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He also has completed an internal medicine residency in Johannesburg and a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

He has edited more than 20 books, including “Medical Care in the Nursing Home,” “Geriatric Nutrition,” “Endocrinology of Aging” and “Principles and Practice of Geriatric Medicine.” His most recent book is titled “The Science of Staying Young,” and his major research focuses on the role of neuropeptides in the modulation of hormonal responses and behavior and on nutrition and hormones in the elderly.

For his work in appetite regulation, Morley has received the Mead Johnson Award of the American Institute of Nutrition. He has been named the Medical Director of the Year for Life Care Centers of America and was awarded the IPSEN Foundation Longevity Prize, among the most prestigious European awards for research in gerontology.

Morley is the recipient of multiple national awards for his leadership in geriatrics, including the Marsha Goodwin-Beck Interdisciplinary Award for Excellence in Geriatric Leadership by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Leadership Board, the Gerontological Society of America’s Freeman Award for lifelong achievement in geriatric clinical care, and the American Geriatrics Society’s Nascher/Manning Award for lifelong achievement in clinical geriatrics. He also has received the James Pattee Award for Educational Excellence from the American Medical Directors Association and the 2013 Presidential Award at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

For more information about this conference, contact Reno at or (573) 651-2678, or Laura McVay, executive director of Missouri Area Health Education Centers, at or (573) 785-2444.