We are excited to be hosting the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2024. The term “sarcopenia” was coined by Irwin Rosenberg at a similar meeting in Albuquerque in 1988 (1). Professor Vellas and I were fortunate to be co-investigators on the 20-year New Mexico Aging Process Study from which the original cut-scores were developed by Prof Baumgartner and colleagues at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque (2). Albuquerque has a long history with sarcopenia and frailty research and it’s wonderful to be bringing the ICFSR back to the southwestern US and this unique city.

Albuquerque is New Mexico’s largest city and an oasis in the high desert. The city sits at a mile high with a backdrop of the 10,378-foot Sandia Mountains. It receives over 310 days of sunshine, and because of the high elevation and drier climate, the mountains get “champaign powder”, while golfers can play year-round. The Sandia Peak Tram stretches from the northeast edge of the city to Sandia Peak on the ridge line of the Sandia Mountains. It has the world's third longest single span tram and is a breath-taking ride.

Albuquerque is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the US and you will see this reflected in its architecture, artwork, cultural activities, and cuisine. Albuquerque dining is best known for its unique local cuisine—blending Native American and Spanish flavours—and preparations with our signature ingredients: red and green chiles. The smoke-kissed flavour of freshly roasted green chiles and the earthy fruitiness of red chile sauce are the backbone of New Mexican cooking.

The population of New Mexico is just over 2 million with just over half of the population living in Albuquerque. Long before statehood, New Mexico was a territory of many cultures. This diversity continues to this day. The current population of the state is approximately 49% Hispanic, 11% Native American, 3% Asian, 3% African American, and 36% white, not Hispanic. There are 23 Federally recognized Tribes in New Mexico. The Albuquerque International Sunport reflects this diversity as it is known for its southwestern architecture and cultural décor. It houses a world-class art collection, unique amenities, New Mexican cuisine, and many local artisan gifts.

We chose the hotel and conference venue that exemplifies New Mexico architecture and is within walking distance to Old Town. Old Town is the historic original town site of Albuquerque, established in 1706 as a Spanish colony. It is filled with historic adobe buildings and the San Felipe de Neri Church built in 1793. It has more than 150 independent restaurants and boutique shopping alongside world-class museums. The nearby Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s rich tribal history.

New Mexico is called the “Land of the Enchantment” because you will become enthralled with its culture, architecture, scenery, and cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you to the ICFSR in Albuquerque 2024!

Dr. Debra L Waters, PhD
Research Professor
University of New Mexico
Department of General Internal Medicine/Geriatrics
Albuquerque, New Mexico
University of Otago
Department of Medicine and School of Physiotherapy
Dunedin, New Zealand

Dr. Carla Herman, MD
Professor and Geriatric Medicine Specialist
Department of General Internal Medicine/Geriatrics
Albuquerque, New Mexico


1) Rosenberg IH. Sarcopenia: Origins and Clinical Relevance . The Journal of Nutrition, Volume 127, Issue 5, May 1997, Pages 990S–991S, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/127.5.990S
2) Baumgartner RN, Koehler KM, Gallagher D, Romero L, Heymsfield SB, et al. Epidemiology of sarcopenia among the elderly in New Mexico. Am J Epidemiol. 1998 Apr 15;147(8):755-63. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.aje.a009520.