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July 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 7

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

2013 Pilot Grants Due Aug 19

The Center on Aging is pleased to announce the 2013 call for proposals for its pilot grant program.  The application deadline is August 19, 2013.  Detailed application information can be found at this pdf document page: 2013 Pilot Grant Program Reqest for Proposals

Recent Symposium

Mark and Kathie Supiano traveled to Seoul Korea last month to jointly present a symposium for the 20th International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress meeting.

The symposium, "Addressing the Need for Interdisciplinary Team Training", presented the work of an American Geriatrics Society Task force as part of the Partnership for Health in Aging. Its findings are available at and will be published later this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

New Fellows

The Geriatrics Division is very pleased to welcome three new Geriatric Medicine Fellows into its training program for the 2013-14 academic year. All three just completed Internal Medicine residency training in our School of Medicine - Meg Skibitsky completed and additional year as a Chief Medical Resident.

Pictured here with their Hazzard's geriatric medicine textbooks, from left to right, are Natalie Manley, MD, Mary Spivey, MD and Meg Skibitsky, MD. We are excited about the program's expansion to three trainees this year, and about working with these future geriatricians. Please join us in welcoming them. 


Awards & Recognition

Dr. Ginette A Pepper PhD, RN, FAANThe Gerontological Society of America has named Ginette A. Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN, as a Fellow in the organization.

Dr. Pepper is the Director of the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

In September 2013, Ginny will also receive the Life Time Achievement award from the University of Colorado Alumni Association!





Jennifer Morgan with the Utah Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC), and Bret Hicken with the VA Office of Rural Health, were accepted as presenters at the National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference, which will be held September 9-12, 2013 in Arlington, VA. Their session is titled, "A Partnership Model to Connect Rural Veterans with Aging and Disability Resource Centers for Options Counseling." Their pilot project is aimed at improving VA benefit access for rural Veterans.


The Utah Commission On Aging

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Salt Lake City-County Building 451 South State Street - Cannon Room #335, SLC, UT 84101
  • Wednesday October 9, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Millcreek Community Center 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. (3400 S) Millcreek Township, UT 84109 **attendees are encouraged to come early to eat lunch in the Evergreen Cafe for a nominal fee**

For more info about the Commission, visit the web page, or contact Anne Peterson, Interim Executive Director, at


Please plan to attend the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference



August 17 - Be Well Utah 2013

University of Utah Health Care has once again partnered with Regence to bring you Be Well Utah! Join in the fun on Saturday, August 17 from 9:30 am - 2:00 PM at Rice Eccles Stadium with free health screenings, interactive wellness displays, on-field activities, and a Kids’ Corner. Drawings and giveaways are plentiful and everything is FREE! (admission, parking, food and fun)

In conjunction with the free Wellness fair, the CARMA Center will be hosting its 4th annual free "Run In Rhythm 5K" to help raise awareness about Afib, a cardiac arrhythmia that affects more than four million Americans and causes 20 percent of all strokes. The fun run/walk begins at Rice Eccles Stadium Aug 17 at 8:30 am tracing a course across the University of Utah campus.
To ensure receiving a FREE T-Shirt, Register here.

September 10 - 2013 Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference

Please plan to attend the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN**(Note: Early Bird Registration ends Aug. 9)  Register HERE:
Presented By:  Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

Accreditations have been approved for: AMA CME, ANCC, NASW, AAFP, AGS GRA, APTA.

For more details, or to have your name added to the Rocky Mountain Conference email notification list, please contact Jack Christensen at (801)582-1565 x2435 or

October 10 - Utah Aging Alliance 22nd Annual Meeting

Announcing the 22nd Annual Meeting & Fall Conference of the Utah Aging Alliance "Building a Better Life for You and Those You Serve"
Oct. 10, 2013 at the Yarrow Hotel, Park City Utah. 

The Utah Geriatrics Society will present five breakout sessions during this conference. 

For more information please contact Lynda Oderda or the Utah Aging Alliance –


Aging Grant Opportunities

Newly Posted

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
8/1/2013 Optogenetic Tools for the Study of Neural Systems in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease (R01) PAR-13-200
9/07/2013 Aging Research Dissertation Awards to Increase Diversity AIDS Application (R36) PAR-13-152
9/07/2013 Secondary Analyses of Existing Data Sets and Stored Biospecimens to Address Clinical Aging Research Questions AIDS application PA-13-168
9/07/2013 Acute Kidney Injury in Older Adults (R01) also R03 and R21 PAR-13-141
9/24/2013 NIDCD Research On Hearing Health Care (R21 and R33) RFA-DC-14-001
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)
1/07/2014 Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R25) RFA-OD-13-009


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 . Please send any updates or requests for changes to

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The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) - the earth’s oldest inhabitant with a life span of almost 5,000 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
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Last Updated: 6/9/21