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June 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 6

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

$1M Reynolds Award!

We are pleased to announce that The University of Utah School of Medicine has been selected to receive a $1 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to improve physician training in geriatric medicine.

The University of Utah is one of 10 institutions selected nationwide to receive funding as part of the foundation’s 2012 call for proposals for its “Next Steps in Physicians’ Training In Geriatrics” grants. Recipients of the grants are continuing work already started to improve the quality of life for America’s elderly by preparing physicians to provide better care for frail older people. [Read grant description and more details on our website here]


2013 Pilot Grants

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

Upcoming Conferences

2013 Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference - September 9-10 

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


Conference information and registration is posted at;
Presented By:  Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine
For more information, or to have your name added to the Rocky Mountain Conference email notification list, please contact Jack Christensen at (801)582-1565 x2435 or

Utah Aging Alliance 22nd Annual Meeting - Oct.10

Announcing the 22nd Annual Meeting & Fall Conference of the Utah Aging Alliance
October 10, 2013
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 –



College of Nursing

Postdoctoral Fellowship - CoN T32

The University of Utah College of Nursing is offering a postdoctoral fellowship program in cancer, aging, or end-of-life care. This program builds upon research opportunities within the University of Utah Center on Aging, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and the funded research at the College of Nursing, including the $7.8 million NIH-funded PO1 Partners in Hospice Care grant. Full-time fellows receive mentorship and active engagement in interdisciplinary research as well as support to advance their own research in these areas. Letters of interest are due by June 1.  Fellowships will begin in August 2013 (negotiable). 


Jenny Alderden, RN, MN, CCRN, and PhD student at the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence has received the Patricia G. Archbold Predoctoral Scholar Award for 2013 - 2015.  She is one of nine scholars chosen from across the country by the National Hartford Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE).  Ms. Alderden will receive $100,000 over two years to support her doctoral studies and help launch her career in academic gerontological nursing. Congratulations!

The Utah Commission on Aging


The next two bi-monthly public meetings of the Commission will be held: 

  • Wednesday June 12, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM - at the AARP offices, 6975 Union Park Center Midvale, UT 84047.
  • Wednesday August 14, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 at the Salt Lake City-County Building 451 South State Street - Cannon Room #335, SLC, UT 84101

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


CoA Website Reminder

Please check Your CoA Bio Page

Changes have been made to all Center on Aging Membership bio pages. In order to be more streamlined and prevent duplications your previous CoA bio page has been removed and your name is now linking to an official U of U bio page. We have tried to link each member with their most updated page pulling from FAR, MBM, or Hospital. When those pages were lacking, we looked at your individual department websites. Please let us know if you desire a different page as your link.

1. Go to the CoA Membership Directory Page.

2. Find your name and confirm that your photo, contact info and bio link is correct.

Please send any desired website updates or questions to Holly Abel at


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