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November 2012 Issue | Volume 6, Number 11

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

Pilot Grant Funding Results

There were two distinct pilot grant funding opportunities this year – one in January to select applications pertaining to a theme of “Vascular Aging and Mobility” that were included in a NIH P30 Older Americans Independence Center (Pepper Center) grant application and the second, standard call for proposals in June.

Three of the ten applications submitted in January which were included in the Pepper Center application received funding.  These are:

  • Markus Amann, PhD - "Respiratory muscle work and oxidative stress in the elderly: impact on blood flow and fatigue." [link to specific aims]
  • Micah Drummond, PhD - "Improving muscle anabolic sensitivity to amino acids with a potent exercise anabolic stimulus in older adults following hip fracture: role of microvascular blood flow and amino acid transporters." [link to specific aims]
  • Jennifer Majersik, MD - "Phenotype of ischemic stroke and stroke outcomes in high risk pedigrees." [link to specific aims]

The CoA Steering Committee selected three of the 13 applications submitted for the standard pilot grant program for funding. These are:

  • Kenneth Aston, PhD - "Microarray analysis of age related changes in sperm DNA methylation." [link to abstract]
  • Akiko Kamimura, PhD - "Institutionalization among the elderly in Japan and China: A comparative study." [link to abstract]
  • Robert Zheng, EdD - "Designing effective digital technology to improve seniors' cognitive functioning." [link to abstract]

Congratulations to these pilot grant recipients. They will be invited to present their research plans at the Spring CoA Research Retreat.

Welcome New Members

  • Kenneth Aston, PhD – Surgery, Andrology Development (PG applicant)
  • Douglas Carrell, PhD – Surgery, Director Andrology & IVF Laboratories (PG applicant)
  • Josef Prchal, MD – Internal Medicine, Hematology (PG applicant)
  • Sydney Schaefer, PhD –  Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, USU (affiliate member)
  • Sabina Swierczek, PhD – Internal Medicine, Hematology (PG applicant)

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

The GSA 65th Annual Scientific Meeting is Wednesday, 11/14 to Sunday, 11/18 at the San Diego Convention Center. There are 23 presentations from University of Utah faculty and Center members on the meeting agenda. Please add these presentations to your GSA meeting itinerary - list of presentations - so that we can support each other by our attendance.

Aging Research Participant Registry Update

The first set of 1,000 letters mailed to people in the community inviting them to become members of the Registry went out in September. We've had a good response to date.  About 70 consent and authorization forms have been sent out and are in the process of completing the health questionnaire/survey.  Once the questionnaire/survey is filled out/returned (entered into RedCap), these folks are enrolled in the Registry.  We will keep you informed when the registry has accrued sufficient numbers of subjects to be able to be utilized by CoA faculty.
If you have study participants who may be willing to be enrolled in the Registry, please contact Ginger to discuss the process for doing this.

Help is Here for Finding Aging-Related Grant Opportunities

The Center on Aging is pleased to announce a new Web page updated monthly with aging grant opportunities -  The Center's Program Assistant - Ginger Bair - performs a monthly search at using CFDA number 93.866 (Aging Research) and using 'aging' as the keyword in the title. The Center is also subscribed to the Foundation Directory Online (if you want information from this directory, please contact Ginger who will run a search for you). Most of these grant opportunities will continue to appear in our monthly newsletter. With this Web page you now have a one-stop resource for aging-related grant announcements.

Aging Grant Opportunities

Newly Posted

Open Date        Title and Link to More Information                              Funding #             
10/31/12 Alzheimer's Disease Therapeutics Program (U01) RFA-AG-13-014   
10/15/12 Alzheimer's Disease Phase I Clinical Trials (R01) RFA-AG-13-016
10/15/12 Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Trials (R01) RFA-AG-13-015
10/15/12 Interdisciplinary Approach to Identification and Validation of
Novel Therapeutic Targets for Alzheimer's Disease (R01)
10/05/12 Limited Competition: Continuation of the National Institute on
Aging Multicenter Clinical Trial The LIFE Study (U01)
10/03/12 Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging (K08) RFA-AG-13-011
10/03/12 Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development
Award in Aging (K23)                                

 Deadline Approaching


Title and Link to More Information:

(Due to the U's subscription with SciVal,
some of these links may only be accessed when on campus or if you have 
already registered on SciVal - Ginger can assist you with this)

Funding #, Sponsor,
& Type
12/17/12 Helen Bader Foundation - Alzheimer's and Aging Helen Bader Foundation
| Research
12/17/12 Ellison Medical Foundation/AFAR Postdoctoral Fellows in Aging Research Program   American Federation
for Aging Research
| Fellowship
12/28/12 Limited Competition: Continuation of the National Institute on Aging Multicenter
Clinical Trial The LIFE Study
 01/04/13 Semiconductor Reliability: Performance Degradation Over Lifetime, Aging, and
Cisco Systems |
 01/07/13 Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context AIDS application (R01)  PA-11-128
 01/07/13 Behavioral and Social Genomics of Aging: Opportunities in the Health and
Retirement Study AIDS Application (R01)
 01/07/13 Potential Effects of Metformin on Aging and Age-Related Conditions: Small-Scale
Clinical Studies and Secondary Analysis of Controlled Clinical Studies AIDS
Application (R01)

 01/07/13 Critical Illness and Injury in Aging AIDS application (R01) there is also an R03
and an R21
 01/07/13 Clinical Trial Planning Grants for Critical Illness and Injury in Aging AIDS
application (R34)
 01/07/13 National Institute on Aging Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease Genome Sequencing
Project Data AIDS application (U19)
 01/07/13 Aging Studies in the Pulmonary System AIDS application (R01)  PA-11-320
 01/07/13 Single Cell Studies in Aging Research AIDS Application (R01)
there is also an R21
 01/07/13 National Institute on Aging: Revision Requests for Active Alzheimer's Disease
Centers AIDS Application (P50)
 01/07/13 Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management of Pain in Aging: from Molecular
to Clinical AIDS Application (R01) there is also an R21 and an R03
 01/07/13 NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) through Undergraduate
Education AIDS Application (R25)
 01/07/13 Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface (TRACI) AIDS Application
(R01) (there is also an R21)
 01/07/13 Mechanisms Mediating Osteoarthritis in Aging AIDS Application (R01) there is also
an R21
 01/07/13 Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity AIDS Application (R36)  PAR-11-291
 01/07/13 Renal Function and Chronic Kidney Disease in Aging AIDS Application (R01)  PA-12-211
 01/07/13 Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging
Research AIDS Application (R24)
 01/07/13 National Institute on Aging: Revision Requests for Active Program Projects AIDS
Application (P01)
 01/07/13 Fatigability, Activity Limitations, and Bioenergetics in Aging AIDS
application (R01) there is also an R21 and an R03
 01/07/13 Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens to Address
Clinical Aging Research Questions AIDS Application (R01)
 01/07/13 Development and Characterization of Animal Models for Aging Research AIDS
Application (R01) there is also an R21

 Open Posting/Deadline

For grants with an "open" posting and/or deadline dates, please see our new Aging Grant Opportunities Web page.

Center on Aging Membership Directory

As a mostly virtual Center, we depend on the accuracy and timeliness of our Web presence. Center members are urged to review and update their membership directory information. Please view your information on the Center’s Web site (click on your photo to see the detail page) and send any updates or requests for changes to Ginger Bair.

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