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May 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 5

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

New Center On Aging Website

We are pleased to announce that the the CoA website's redesign and migration is complete! The site is designed to be more intuitive and user friendly. We encourage you to please take a few moments to visit and familiarize yourself with the layout.

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.

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


Recent Conferences

2013 AGS Annual Conference

On May 3-5, 2013 The University of Utah was well represented with 1 paper and 7 poster presentations at the 2013 Annnual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in Grapevine, Texas. These posters can now be viewed on the USpace Repository at by using "2013 AGS Posters" in the search field.


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

Announcing the 22nd Annual Meeting & Fall Conference of the Utah Aging Alliance "Building a Better Life for You and Those You Serve"
October 10-11, 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 –




Upcoming Pilot Grant RFP

Please watch for the Pilot Grant RFP announcement which will be sent during the week of June 3rd.

The Utah Commission on Aging

The Utah Commission on Aging wishes to thank Senator Allan Christensen and Representative Jim Bird for their many years of service on the Commission.

We welcome our newly appointed Utah Senator, Brian Shiozawa, MD and from the Utah House of Representatives, Stewart Barlow, MD.

Other new appointments this quarter; 

  • Mayor Daniel McArthur, City of St. George (Utah League of City and Towns representative)
  • Fahina Pasi, Utah Tongan Society (Ethnic Minoritites representative)
  • Sarah Brenna, SL County Aging Services (UT Assoc. of Area Agencies on Aging representative)
  • Mary Street, Commerce Real Estate Solutions (Business Community representative)
  • Bette Vierra (General Public representative)  

A full Membership Roster can see seen online at

Two new workgroups have been created to address issues regarding Aging Housing and Aging Education.

The next bi-monthly public meeting of the Commission will be held June 12, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 PM - at the AARP offices, 6975 Union Park Center Midvale, UT 84047.

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

College of Nursing

Kathy Wright (PhD), Lynn Shell (PhD), Lauri Morgan (DNP) and Lauren Land (DNP), all students supported by the U of U College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, received their diplomas during the College of Nursing Convocation on May 3, 2013.  Kathy Wright was named the Outstanding PhD student in the College of Nursing. Congratulations!


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
5/07/2013 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
9/07/2013 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
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