Exploring Biomarkers of Aging in the Context of Cancer Risk

Event Type:
May 16, 2024
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET

Event Series

Perspectives on Cancer and Aging

Aging is a risk factor for cancer, and evidence suggests that cancer and its treatments can accelerate aging. A central aim of geroscience is to develop interventions that slow, reverse, or stop the detrimental molecular and cellular changes that occur with aging to improve health and reduce disease burden, including cancer and cancer-related outcomes. Over the last decade, researchers have made significant progress on multiple iterations of biomarkers and diverse aging clocks that can assess one’s rate of aging relative to the general population. Aging clocks have been trained and tested on a wide range of epigenome, proteome, microbiome, and imaging data. Recently, these clocks have been used to predict cancer risk and treatment-related outcomes in cancer survivors.

On May 16th, the webinar will focus on biomarkers of aging in the context of cancer risk. Speakers will discuss how biomarkers of aging or aging clocks are being used in cancer research and where they see knowledge gaps, challenges, and future opportunities for research and clinical use.

This webinar is a collaboration between the Perspectives on Cancer and Aging: The Arti Hurria Memorial Webinar Series and the NIA Aging Clocks Series.

Reasonable Accommodations
Closed captioning will be available to all participants. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact ncidccpsbrpadvances@mail.nih.gov. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.


Sarah Johnstone, MD, PhD
Sarah Johnstone, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School,
Associate Member, Broad Institute,
Attending Pathologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Department of Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Hela Koka, MPH, MS
Hela Koka, MPH, MS

Research Analyst,
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics,
National Cancer Institute

Mary Sehl, MD, PhD
Mary Sehl, MD, PhD

Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine,
Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Computational Medicine,
University of California, Los Angeles


Jennifer Guida, PhD, MPH

Program Director,
Basic Biobehavioral and Psychological Sciences Branch,
NCI Behavioral Research Program

Last Updated
April 18, 2024