University of Chicago Medicine
Riverside, Illinois – United States
Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on frailty and understanding the role of activity and sedentary behavior in the pathophysiology of frailty and aging. As a clinician investigator and NIA K23 recipient, her research explores how objectively measured activity and sedentary behavior patterns, resting metabolic rate, and body composition relate to frailty progression and frailty-related outcomes. Through her work, she applies and analyzes accelerometry data to assess and trend activity patterns, both as markers of frailty and to inform frailty activity interventions using data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. As a clinician, she helped established and co-directs a novel frailty evaluation clinic, the Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation™ (SAFE) clinic, in which she assesses and manages frail elders and supports their caregivers. Her clinical work motivated her to develop a technology-based tool utilizing smart speakers to promote long-term socialization and exercise adherence among older adults.
Tuesday, November 5
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM