Convenor's Welcome


Assoc Prof Debra Waters

Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research 2018 Annual Meeting

Director of Gerontology Research
Director Collaboration of Ageing Research Excellence Theme (CARE)
Deputy-director Ageing Well National Science Challenge
Vice President New Zealand Association of Gerontology
University of Otago

Tēnā koutou and it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Annual Meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Sarcopenia and Frailty Research. Following the successful second conference in Adelaide, the 2018 conference will be held at the St David Lecture Theatre Complex at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. 

Dunedin (Otepoti) is known for its Maori and Scottish heritage. “Dunedin” was derived from the Gaelic for Edinburgh and the name reflects the city’s founding in 1848 by Scottish settlers. The city lies at the head of the Otago harbour, a feature that was crucial to its growth during the gold rush of the 1860’s and still evident today in the fine architecture including New Zealand’s most photographed building (Dunedin Railway station) and New Zealand’s only castle (Larnach Castle). Dunedin is also home to spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife with albatross, seals, penguins, dolphins and whales all within easy reach of the city centre.

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university having been established in 1869, and authorised at the time to grant degrees in Arts, Medicine, Law, and Music.  It now hosts more than 20,000 students annually, and confers degrees in all major academic disciplines. We know you will enjoy spending time in Dunedin and on the University of Otago campus, as much as attending the conference.

Both sarcopenia and frailty affect many older people, and are becoming more prevalent with our ageing populations. Identifying, preventing and treating these conditions will better support older people in ageing well. This meeting will provide ample opportunity to hear from and interact with internationally renowned scientists and clinicians and to improve our knowledge and skills in these important health areas.

The conference will showcase international speakers, new research, emerging researchers, and will provide time to network with colleagues to share ideas and explore collaborations. The abstracts will be published in a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Ageing.

This national conference is multi-disciplinary in nature and will be attractive to scientists and clinicians from multiple disciplines including medicine, epidemiology, exercise physiology, nutrition, basic sciences and body composition measurement and methodologies.

On behalf of our Scientific/Steering Committee, I would like to welcome you to Dunedin.


Call or Symposiums and Research Abstracts Opens - 1 March 2018

Registration Opens - Mid March 2018

Symposium Submissions Closes - 31 May 2018

Symposium authors notified - Mid June

Research Abstracts Closes - NOW CLOSED 13 August 2018

Research abstract authors notified - Early September

Early Bird Registration Closes - 20 October 2018 (Now extended)

Important Dates



Debra Waters
Phil Sheard
Kim Meredith-Jones
Simon Stebbings
Jon Cornwall
Lynette Jones
Lara Vliestra
Stephen Chalcroft
Ruth Teh


Professor Gordon Lynch (Chair)
A/Professor Philip Sheard
Dr Ruth Teh
Dr René Koopman
Professor Robin Daly
Professor Renuka Visvanathan
Professor Charles Inderjeeth
Professor Andea Maier


For further information, please contact the Meeting Secretariat or Executive Officer.

ANZSSFR 2018 Meeting Secretariat

Lara Malcolm
The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764, Mitcham SA 5062
32 The Strand, Colonel Light Gardens SA 5041 Australia

T   08 8177 2215
M  0411 439 410

ANZSSFR Executive Officer

Gwen McMaster-Fay





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