January 2009, Volume 3, Number 1

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

News and Events

2009 Pilot Grant Program Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the Center's 2009 pilot grant program. The application deadline is March 31, 2009. The complete request for proposals with detailed application information may be downloaded from the Center's home page, http://aging.utah.edu

The Center on Aging sponsors an annual pilot grant program to promote the development of aging research at the University of Utah. The goal of this program is to encourage the development of new investigators, attract established investigators to aging research and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations ultimately leading to new externally funded research.

The Steering Committee and I are hoping to receive many high quality applications representing the full spectrum of the Center's disciplinary backgrounds. Please make this funding announcement available to all faculty within your own departments and encourage interested faculty to submit an application.

2009 Spring Research Retreat

The 2009 Center on Aging Spring Research Retreat will be held on March 23 (afternoon) and 24 (morning). The keynote address, "The Rise of Human Longevity and its Implications for Population Aging," will be presented by John Wilmoth, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Demography, and researcher in the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging, University of California, Berkeley. A poster session and reception will occur on Monday afternoon. One of the important parts of the research retreat is the opportunity for Center on Aging faculty and your students to display their scholarship materials on poster boards and on display tables. The goal is to share and dialogue with others (faculty and community representatives) your scholarly work in the field of aging.

It is hoped that each faculty member (or your graduate student or trainee) will contribute a poster for display during the poster session on Monday afternoon, March 23. A limited number of tables will also be provided for exhibit booths and for reprints, books, etc.

Please submit the following information by March 2 to reserve your space at the poster session to louise.tonin@utah.edu:

• Names of author/co-authors
• Title of your poster presentation
• Need table space for other materials?
• If you wish to present more than one poster. (If space remains after the reservations are returned, it may be possible to accommodate more that one poster per faculty member. Please indicate that you have additional posters that you'd like to present and we will notify you if there is space to accommodate this request.) Please go to http://aging.utah.edu for specific details regarding poster instructions and the itinerary.

Faculty Seminars

Please join the Department of Physical Therapy and the SMERF as they host Professor Damian Miles Bailey, PhD, FRSC, Neurovascular Research Laboratory, Faculty of Health, Science and Sport, University of Glamorgan, for a seminar entitled: "Free Radical Metabolism in the Hypoxic Human Circulation: Mechanisms and Consequences" on January 27, 2009 at 12:45 p.m. at the Department of Physical Therapy Health Professions Education Building, 520 Wakara Way, Room 338.
You are also invited to join the Division of Geriatrics and the VASLC GRECC for a lecture: "Approaches to Integrated Care for Older and Disabled Veterans in Rural Areas", presented by G. Darryl Wieland, PhD, MPH, Research Director, Geriatrics Services, Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia, South Carolina, on January 27, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), Room 4100C.

Bristlecone Pine

About our logo: The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) the earth's oldest inhabitant with a life span of 4,000 years is found only in Utah and five other western states. Its extraordinary longevity and ability to adapt and survive in extremely harsh environmental conditions above 10,000 feet embodies the investigative spirit and mission of the Utah Center on Aging.

If you have questions about the University of Utah Center on Aging, please visit us online at http://aging.utah.edu 801-585-9540 or aging@hsc.utah.edu

Best,

Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging