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November 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 11

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 


The Center on Aging Steering Committee has completed its review of 15 pilot grant applications that were submitted this year.  We had a difficult challenge to select from this group of meritorious projects and rank the ones that were ultimately selected for funding.


We are pleased to announce the following awards:


1. Kara Dassell, Ph.D., College of Nursing - "The Influence of Disease Type on End-of-Life Care Preferences

2. Heidi A. Hanson, Ph.D., Family and Preventive Medicine - "The Airderly Study: Air Quality, Health and Mortality in the Medicare Population"

3. J. David Symons, Ph.D., Exercise and Sport Science - "Links among autophagy, mitophagy, and nitric oxide bioavailability in aging"

4. Craig Teerlink, Ph.D., Family and Preventive Medicine - "Sequencing analysis of high risk pedigrees to identify bone density predisposition"

5. Peter J. West, Ph.D., Pharmacology and Toxicology - "5-HT6 localization and function: a prototype target for cognitive therapies"


2015 Research Retreat Call For Symposia

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 and symposia. 

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.

The theme of the 2015 retreat will focus on "Comorbidities and Frailty". We are initiating proposals for symposia that pertain to this theme. Submission deadline is Monday, December 1, 2014.

Read Full Submission Details Here. 

Utah Commission on Aging


Annual Report

The Utah Commission on Aging has published its 2013-2014 Annual Report.

It can be accessed from the Commission webpage at or see the document directly, at this link.

Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition

The Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition was formed in Spring 2014 on the heels of the award-winning Sundance film Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory documenting the dramatic results of the Music & Memory℠ program created by Dan Cohen. Using personalized playlists of favorite songs loaded on iPODS, this proven program reawakens memory in people suffering with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical disabilities. LOGO-Music-and-Memory-Utah-Coalition-croppedUnder the direction of the governor’s Utah Commission on Aging, The Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition brings together the state’s leading healthcare, business, non-profit and educational leaders in a groundbreaking partnership with the initial mission to roll-out Music & Memory℠ to all nursing homes statewide as well as make the program available to all individuals living with dementia.

We encourage you to visit the new Music & Memory℠ Utah Coalition Web page and Facebook Page. Please "Like" and "Share" with others to help the donation and recruiting effort!

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

UHPP Annual Healthcare Conference

The Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) annual Healthcare conference is just around the corner, Dec. 2nd, 2014. Governor Gary R. Herbert will be the afternoon keynote, and Rich McKeown (CEO of Leavitt Partners) will be the morning Keynote. Register for the conference here!

Geriatric Nursing Honors

Ginette Pepper, Ph.D., Director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at the University of Utah, was honored for her work in geriatric nursing.  She was chosen as a Healthcare Hero in the State of Utah and highlighted in Utah Business Magazine.

Congratulations, Ginny!

Scott Wright, Ph.D. was invited to join the University of Utah’s signature Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar Program AND for his Nov. 7th receipt of the Social Enterprise Award from the Columbus Community Center based on his work with the NeuroVersity program.

Congratulations, Scott!

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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

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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