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August 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 8

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Welcome, New Members!

We would like to extend a warm welcome to the newest members added to the Center on Aging since January 2014.

Jorie Butler, Lisa Cannon-Albright, Paul Eleazer, Heidi Hanson, Nancy McLeskey, Neal Patwari, Tara Queen, Rodolfo Savica, Joel Trinity, and Ming Wen

Please visit their information on the Membership Directory page of our website.

These additions bring our total membership to 155. It's great to see our numbers increasing!

Member Updates Requested

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Joan Carpenter, a PhD student in the UU Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, has received F31 funding from NINR for her dissertation entitled, Follow-Through of Palliative Care after Nursing Home Admission.

Linda Edelman, RN, PhD, assumed the position of Associate Director of the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

Jacqueline Eaton, PhD, was appointed as Project Director responsible for grants and sustainability in the Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence.

2014 Pilot Grant Update

We received 14 pilot grant applications. Each proposal will undergo an extensive review process with both internal and external reviewers. The final award announcements are anticipated by the end of November.

SAVE THE DATE - 2015 Research Retreat

Dr. Kenneth RockwoodThursday April 2 - Friday April 3, 2015 are the dates for The 9th Annual Center on Aging Research Retreat. This event will follow a similar format as previous years, with a poster session on Thursday April 2, and a main session on Friday April 3 featuring our Keynote speaker & symposium. 

The theme of the 2015 retreat will aspects of Frailty. A call for posters and symposia will be sent out prior to the retreat.

We are pleased to announce our guest keynote speaker will be Kenneth Rockwood, M.D., FRCPC, FRCP; Geriatrician, Professor, and Director of Geriatric Medicine Research at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  

Dr. Rockwood has had a longstanding interest in clinical and epidemiological aspects of frailty, dementia and delirium. He has focused his investigations on the complexity of frailty, and on what can be termed 'clinico-mathematical correlation'. Prof. Rockwood has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and seven books, including the seventh edition of the Brocklehurst's Textbook of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology. He is the Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer research at Dalhousie University, and a staff internist and geriatrician at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax.

Upcoming Events

August 29, 2014

Exercise and Sport Science & Utah Vascular Research Laboratory Colloquium Series
- HPR-N Building, Room 236 - 1:00-2:00 PM

Chris J. McNeil, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Sciences
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan

“Aging and the Neuromuscular System: Insights into an “Old” Problem and Spinal vs. Cortical Mechanisms during Muscle Fatigue”

September 15-16, 2014 - Register Today!

Snowbird Ski Resort in Fall

12th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

"Unlocking Doors across the Long Term Services and Support Spectrum"

This Year’s Conference Will be Held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Presented By: The Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

Details & Registration can be found at 

Program Coordinator is Jack Christensen at (801)582-1565 x2435 or
Please help spread the word by telling others who may be interested.

September 29-30, 2014

UAA LogoUtah Aging Alliance

23rd Annual Meeting & Conference

Conference Theme:
"Aging-What is the Alternative?"

Conference Location: 
The Yarrow
1800 Park Avenue 
Park City, UT 84060
Phone 800-927-7694

For Questions, please contact:
Andrea Garry
Convention Planner 
Phone 801-949-6768 Fax 502-508-1438


NOTE: This is not necessarily a comprehensive list. Please Search for additional opportunities at

Opening Date Title and Link to More Information Funding
1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
1/5/2013 Pain in Aging (R01) also R03 and R21 PA-13-058
5/5/2013 Alcohol Use Disorders: Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R01, also R03, R21) PA-13-160
1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
4/28/2014 Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24) PAR-14-081
5/5/2014 Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155
5/5/2014 Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01) PAR-14-089
5/5/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)  PA-14-161 
5/16/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)  PA-14-159 
5/23/2014 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) RFA-AG-15-003
7/04/2014 Research Supplements for Aging Research on Health Disparities (Admin Supp) PA-14-256
7/05/2014 Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44)  PA-14-250
8/23/2014 Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21)  PAR-14-119 
8/23/2014 Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)  PAR-14-118 


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