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March 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 3

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Retreat In Review


We wish to thank everyone who particiapted in our 8th Annual Research Retreat held on Monday March 24 - Tuesday March 25th!

This was our largest annual event to date. We enjoyed the participation of 39 Poster presentations, six Symposia teams, and over 200 guests who attended the combined two-day event. 

Photos from the 2014 Research Retreat are available online to view, share or download at

Monday March 24 ~ Poster Session

This year, we welcomed 39 poster presenatations from across the spectrum of aging related fields. We were thrilled to have 24 posters in our Trainee category. 

We'd like to congratulate our two winning trainees!

1. Biological Science Category: Priscilla Auduong, Second Year Medical Student (shown with Dr. Supiano at left); “Auditory Cortical Volumes in Patients with Dementia”

2. Social Science Category: Tara L. Queen, Ph.D. (shown at right) “Associations between Cognitive Ability and Coping Strategies in Older Couples Dealing with Prostate Cancer” 

This year's conference was International! We welcomed distinguished guests Dr. Nanako Tamiya, and her team from the Center for Global Aging, The University of Tsukuba, Japan. Additional collegues attended from their extension campus in Mexico. All were hosted by Dr. Marilyn Luptak. 

Global Center on Aging Tsukuba    Global Center on Aging Tsukuba 2


Tuesday Mark 25 ~ General Session

On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 our keynote speaker was Diana Kuh, PhD, the Unit Director for the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in the UK. Dr. Kuh gave an excellent and thought-provoking presentation entitled 
"A Lifecourse Approach to Healthy Ageing: What do Life Course Studies Tell Us, and What Are The Research Gaps?"
Dr. Diana Kuh, Keynote Award


In keeping with the theme of "Successful Aging: Years to Life and Life to Years" two sessions offering 3 concurrent symposia will be offered following Dr. Kuh's keynote. 

See all of the photos for this event here: See all the Photos!

We look forward to seeing you at our 9th Annual Research Retreat - Spring 2015! 

Your feedback and suggestions are welcome! Please send to Holly Abel at

Members In The News

Dr. Ginette Pepper, Director of the UU Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence and Rumei Yang, a Hartford PhD student, presented “Chinese Nurse Visiting Scholars; Challenges and Strategies for Success” during the US-Sino Forum (March 9 – 11) in Durham, NC. 


Lucille Brunker received a 2014 Clinical Student Research Award from the American Geriatrics Society;  See more at American 




Upcoming Events

April 3, 2014 - The Gerald Rothstein, MD Endowed Lecture

7:45 - 8:45 am - HSEB 1730 / Medical Grand Rounds "Geriatric Cardiology - Embracing Complexity" - presented by Mathew Maurer, MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons - More info linked here.

April 14-16, 2014 - Utah Public Health Conference

Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah

April 14, Pre-Conference Session: Bridges Out of Poverty
This all day session is a starting point where one can develop accurate mental models of poverty, middle class and wealth. It is a new lens through which participants can view themselves, their clients and the community. Participants can being to work on front-line staff skills and to develop new program designs in order to improve relationships and outcomes.

April 15-16 Full Conference Sessions 
Early Registration is extended to April 4 - register online at


April 16th, 2014 - National Health Decision Week

The 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day will be held on April 16th, 2014. Huntsman Cancer Institute and University Hospital will be hosting booths all week to answer questions and assist with filling out Adavance Healthcare Directives. Free information packets are available and can be requested from HCI's Cancer Learning Center.

Seminar Series On Aging

The Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging theme is "Aging In Place: Addressing Barriers and Empowering Older Adults"

All seminars are open to the public. Location is the University of Utah College of Social Work, Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Conference Room 155-B. The Series may be taken for credit.

Monday, April 7 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“How to Keep Someone with Dementia at Home and Knowing When it is Time to Make a Move” - Kate Nederostek, MGS, CDP
Director of Programs, Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter

Monday, April 21 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Capstone Lecture: “Aging ‘In’ and ‘Out' of Place: Toward Understanding and Intervention” - Graham Rowles, PhD
Chair of the Department of Gerontology and Director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology, University of Kentucky


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
5/5/2014 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 
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

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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