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March 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 3

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

7th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat

We look forward to seeing all Center members and trainees at the 2013 Center on Aging Research Retreat, Monday April 8th held in the University Guesthouse Ballroom (110 Fort Douglas Boulevard) from 3 to 6 PM. This year's retreat poster session will present approximately 45 posters, including updates from recent pilot grant awards. A best poster award will be selected from each category of biological and social sciences. Following the retreat, a virtual home for the poster presentations will be created in USpace using an online poster archiving tool available through the Marriott U Library. More information will be available at the conference. Retreat Flier (PDF).


Careers In Aging Week

The Careers in Aging Week Networking Opportunity Event will be held on Thursday, April 11th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in the College of Social Work's Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155B). This is a networking opportunity for students and professionals to exchange information about the field of gerontology and how to choose a career in aging. This is held in conjunction with the Careers in Aging Week. For more information, please contact Fran Wilby at 801-585-9276 or

Creativity Matters! with Susan Perlstein - April 22

Susan Perlstein, founder of the National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts, will present "Creative Aging: State of the Field," a free lecture on creative aging on Monday, April 22, 2013, at noon, in the College of Social Work's Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155B). Perlstein's lecture is sponsored by the University of Utah's Goodwill Initiatives on Aging College of Social Work and EngAGE Utah.

Save the Date for Rocky Mountain Geriatric Conference - Sept 9-10

Make your plans now to attend the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, on September 9-10, 2013 "Navigating Complexity: A Roadmap for Successful Transitions Across the Care Continuum." This year's conference will be held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. Registration details will be posted soon.
Presented By: Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

Heroes of Geriatric Care Story Contest

The John A. Hartford Foundation is seeking stories about how geriatric expertise (in any profession or discipline) "saved the day". Stories (in written, audio or video files) can be submitted by providers, patients, or the general public. Cash (up to $3,000) and other prizes will be awarded to winning entries. Submission deadline is April 15th. See Guidelines and Official Rules here.

Member News


The Center on Aging welcomes our newest member Gang Luo, PhD. Dr. Luo earned his PhD degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an assistant professor in the University of Utah's Department of Biomedical Informatics. His primary research focuses on building an information portal that can automatically provide various kinds of personalized healthcare information to facilitate daily living activities of consumers. One of the most important user groups of Dr. Luo's information portal is the aging population.


Maureen Henry, JD, on leave this year from her position as Commission on Aging Director, has been assigned to a staff position in the office of Virginia Senator Mark Warner in conjunction with her Aging and Health Policy Fellowship Program. Among other responsibilities, Dr. Henry has provided key feedback as a member of the POLST task force on an end of life bill which Senator Warner is preparing.
Tim Farrell, M.D., assistant professor of Internal Medicine in the Geriatrics Division has been named as an inaugural fellow of the University of Utah Academy of Medical Science Educators.

AGS Appointments
Two Center on Aging members have been appointed to serve three year terms on committees for the American Geriatrics Society. Tim Farrell, MD and Shaida Talebreza Brandon, MD – both assistant professors of Internal Medicine in the Geriatrics Division – were named to its Ethics and Education Committees respectively.

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
4/15/2013 Affordable Care Act State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Options Counseling for Medicare-Medicaid Individuals in States with Approved Financial Alignment Models Cooperative Agreements/ Contracts
4/15/2013 Borchard Fellowship in Law & Aging Fellowship Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
4/26/2013 Limited Competition: Continuation of the National Institute on Aging Multicenter Clinical Trial The LIFE Study (U01) PAR-13-001
5/7/2013 Acute Kidney Injury in Aging Adults AIDS Application PA-13-141
5/20/2013 Research and Evaluation on Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of Elderly Individuals NIJ-2013-3459
Various deadlines in 2013 - end on 5/8/2014 Economics of Retirement (R01), (R03), (R2) PA-11-138
5/25/2013 Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01) PA-11-128

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

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