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April 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 4

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

7th Annual Research Retreat Highlights

Our 2013 Center on Aging Research Retreat Poster Session was held in the University Guest House Ballroom on Monday, April 8, 2013. With 44 posters presented, and record attendance, this was our largest retreat to date. We thank all who participated and attended to make this event a great success!

research retreat highlights

 We congratulate our student/trainee winners: Lorayne B. Taylor for her poster "In Sickness or In Health: Couple's Health Status and Retirement" (Social Science Category) and Melissa Nuntapreda's poster "Incidence of Cognitive Decline Associated with Differential Patterns of FDG-PET Cerebral Hypometabolism" (Biological Science Category). We also extend special recognition to our "Youngest Participant", Ethan Hunter, a 4th grade student at Jordan Ridge Elementary, who gave an impressive presentation on "The Timeless Voice of Gordon B. Hinckley: A Study of Vocal Changes over 40 years of Speeches".

Photos from the 2013 Retreat can be viewed at

USpace Institutional Repository

We are encouraging all of our 2013 Retreat poster presenters to upload their posters to the Marriott University Library's online poster archive USpace. Authors should include the words "2013 Center on Aging Poster Retreat" as one of their keywords, as well as in the Poster Purpose line. This will make the posters more easily searchable, and the USpace team will then be able to easily compile all submissions into one event folder for us.

Upcoming Conferences

2013 AGS Annual Conference

The University of Utah will be well represented at the 2013 Annnual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, with 1 paper and 7 poster presentations during May 3-5 in Grapevine, Texas.

View this link of The University of Utah Presenters.

2013 Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference - September 9-10

Please plan to attend the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, "Navigating Complexity: A Roadmap for Successful Transitions Across the Care Continuum"

This Year's Conference Will be Held Sept. 9-10, 2013 at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

Presented By: Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine


Bristlecone Pine Cohort Dissertations

Kathy Wright and Lynn Shell, both members of the Bristlecone Pine cohort at the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, successfully defended their dissertations. Dr. Wright presented the findings of her work, "Inequities in Physical Function and Emotional Well-being in Frail Medicare Medicaid Older Adult Enrollees", on March 22, 2013; and Dr. Shell discussed her work, "Wellness Within Illness and the Capacity for Happiness in People with Alzheimer Disease: Using Photo-Elicitation Method to Compare the Perspectives of People with Dementia and Their Caregivers", on April 1, 2013. They are the first students from either cohort to complete their studies. Congratulations!

CoA Website "Under Construction"

Extra, Extra! Our Center on Aging website is getting a makeover! We are excited to announce that we are currently in the Beta testing phase of our redesign and migration to a new server. The site should be ready to roll out in just a few short weeks. We are looking forward to providing pages with a fresh look which are easier to navigate, more intuitive, and provide many improved features.

Please excuse our lack of updates to the site during this final stage. We appreciate your patience with the process! If you cannot find information that you need, or see an update that needs to be made, please send an email to

May Is "Making Sense of Alzheimers" Month

The "Making Sense of Alzheimer's" event this year will be held at Abravanel Hall on Saturday May 4, 2013. Begining at 7:00 pm with a reception in the First Tier Room at Abravanel Hall and guest lecture by Dr. Dean M. Hartley, PH.D., Director of Science Initiatives in the Medical and Scientific Relations Division of the Alzheimer's Association. Dr. Hartley completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Departments of Medicine, Genetics and Neurology at Harvard Medical School after completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Stanford University.

The Abravanel Hall reception will be followed at 8:00 PM by a Pops Concert featuring The Music of John Williams. Complimentary concert tickets will be provided to physicians /researchers and partners! Please contact Sylvia Brunisholz for tickets or information regarding this event: - 801-265-1944 office or 801-425-5310 cell. There are a limited number of seats available for this event - call today!

Aging Grant Opportunities

Newly Posted

Open Date Title and Link to More Information Funding
4/22/2013 Optogenetic Tools for the Study of Neural Systems in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01) [deadline 8/1/2013 PAR-13-200
4/15/2013 NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care (R21 and R33) RFA-DC-14-001
04/04/2013 2013 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Building Integrated and Sustainable Lifespan Respite Care Programs [deadline 5/20/13] HHS-2013-ACL-
03/22/2013 Development an Characterization of Animal Models for Aging Research (R01) also an R21 PA-13-155
03/20/2013 National Resource Center for LGBT Aging HHS-2013-ACL-

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)
Funding Number, Sponsor, & Type
5-7-2013 Acute Kidney Injury in Aging Adults AIDS Application PA-13-141
5/18/2013 Identification and Characterization of Molecular Targets Within the mTOR Pathway With Potential to Impact Healthspan and Lifespan (R21) PA-10-164
5/20/2013 Research and Evaluation on Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals NIJ-2013-3459
9/7/2013 Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity AIDS Application (R36) PAR-13-152
9/7/2013 Acute Kidney Injury in Older Adults (R01) also R03 and R21 PAR-13-141
10/03/2013 Macroeconomic Aspects of Population Aging (R01) PAR-12-186
12/16/2013 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
12/16/2013 The Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research The Ellison Medical Foundation
12/16/2013 The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)


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

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.

Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging
For more information about the University of Utah Center on Aging, please visit us online at

Last Updated: 6/9/21