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February 2015 Issue | Volume 9, Number 2

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

March 12th Poster Deadline!

A reminder to submit your research posters for the 2015 Research Retreat [April 2-3, 2015]. Poster Submission deadline is Thursday March 12th, 2015.
The Poster Session will be held Thursday April 2, 2015 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM in the atrium of the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology / USTAR Building 36 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

All Center on Aging pilot grant recipients, members, affiliates and their trainees are encouraged to present a poster. Full retreat details and instructions can be found on the Center on Aging website news page at
Download the Poster Submission Instruction PDF Here.

Member Awards

Shaida Talebreza, MD is the recipient of the 2015 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award.

This award is given annually to an AGS junior faculty member who has provided leadership to train students in geriatrics and has contributed significantly to the progress of geriatrics education in health professions schools. Dr. Talebreza received a 5-year HRSA Geriatric Academic Career Award focused on developing geriatric palliative care curricula. With this funding she created and implemented geriatric palliative care curricula that is integrated into the University of Utah School of Medicine training programs. Dr. Talebreza created and serves as lead editor for the AGS Geriatric Evaluation and Management Tools (GEM Tools) resources, an evidence-based teaching resource for the evaluation and management of common geriatric syndromes. Dr. Talebreza works to improve practices with regard to eliciting, documenting, and honoring the life-sustaining treatment preferences of seriously ill and frail older patients.

Congratulations Shaida!

Micah Drummond, PhD, is the recipient of the 2015 American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Year Award.

Dr. Drummond is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah and has been an active leader at the University’s Center on Aging, where he helped secure grant funding and contributed to nearly 60 peer-reviewed articles on aging, physical function, and muscle metabolism. His achievements are further bolstered by recently receiving a pilot grant to study rehabilitation in older adults following hip fracture and new funding from the National Institute on Aging for a deeper exploration of muscle loss and decreased functioning in hospitalized older patients. The AGS award, and Dr. Drummond’s ongoing dedication to aging scholarship, speak to an early and promising career trajectory in support of geriatrics excellence.

Congratulations Micah!

Drs. Talebreza and Drummond will receive their awards at the AGS Annual meeting in May.

Caring Connections Telecast

Caring Connections will again be hosting the Annual Hospice Foundation of America: Living with Grief Telecast. This year’s presentation will be “The Longest Loss: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia" the morning of Friday, April 24th at the University of Utah College of Nursing Annette Poulson Cumming Building (10 south 2000 East, Salt Lake City).

Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, Director of Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program will be joining Peter Rabins, Charles Corr, Nancy Pearce and Kenneth Doka on the National HFA panel. There will be no cost for registration. 3 CEUs are available.  Please save the date. For more information call 801-585-9522. 

Geriatric Interdisiplinary Program

The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program celebrates 7 Years and 34 students of success. This program has offered a didactic curriculum for fourth year medical students (MS4) to complement the clinical experiences in their Geriatric rotations since April 2007. Thirty-four medical students have completed the geriatric rotation with the gerontology didactic component. The collaborative effort of both the geriatric and gerontology programs has been presented at several professional conferences such as the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) and the American Geriatrics Association.

Four MS4 geriatric rotation students have completed graduate certificate in GERON this academic year: Tammy Smith, Angie Van Atta, Jerica Johnson and Daniel Gragert.

Three MS4 Certificate earners from 3 years ago - Brett Porter, Alexander Meier and Paula Lueras - are all entering Geriatric Medicine fellowship next year. Brett and Alex are joining the Utah Geriatric Fellowhip Program.
Terrie Vann-Ward, PhD a student in the University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, has successfully defended her dissertation, entitled, Preserving the Core Self: The Challenging and Strategic Processes for People with Parkinsonism.

Congratulations, Terrie!

College of Nursing Artwork

A new mural graces the 2nd floor of the College of Nursing building. It was designed by Phillip Adams and painted by participants of the inaugural 2014 Hartford Change AGEnts conference, which was sponsored by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Gerontological Society of America. Entitled “Collaboration,” the mural depicts those from the fields of geriatric medicine, nursing, and social work who come together every day to improve the health of older Americans.
The University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence was chosen as the first to exhibit the mural. It will be on display now through the beginning of March.

Ginny Pepper, PhD, RN and Jaquie Eaton, PhD are pictured below with Amy Burman, a Hartford Foundation program officer.

Meetings of Interest


Grand Rounds - Geriatrics Division


Tuesday, March 3 • 8:00 - 9:00 am
“Diagnosing and Managing Peripheral Neuropathies in the Elderly”
Mark B Bromberg, MD PhD
Director General Neurology Division, Department of Neurology
University of Utah School of Medicine
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) Room 3515C


Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging


Monday, March 2 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“Social Determinants of Health in Older Adults”
Samuel Asante, MSW Doctoral Candidate
University of Utah College of Social Work


Monday, March 23 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“Connections: My Body, My Mind, and My Spirit: Reflections on Growing Old in America from an Immigrant Perspective”
Isabel Teresa Molina, MSW, MBA, PhD
Associate Director, University Neighborhood Partners



These seminars are free and open to the public, held on Mondays from 12 PM – 1:30 PM (refreshments served) at the Goodwill Humanitarian building; Okazaki Community meeting room (155 B), beginning Monday, January 12, 2015 


NIH Grant Opportunity

The National Institute on Aging invites researchers to submit innovative R01 research grant applications on aging and the family.  The objective of this research program is to expand understanding of the role of families and interpersonal relationships in the health and wellbeing of older people. Go To PA-11-128

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Dated Title and Link to More Information Funding
Expires 5/8/2015 Family and Interpersonal Relationships in an Aging Context (R01) PA-11-128
Posted 1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
Posted 1/5/2013 Pain in Aging (R01) also R03 and R21 PA-13-058
Posted 5/5/2013 Alcohol Use Disorders: Treatment, Services and Recovery Research (R01, also R03, R21) PA-13-160
Posted 1/5/2014 Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21  PA-13-354
Posted 4/28/2014 Network and Infrastructure Support for Development of Interdisciplinary Aging Research (R24) PAR-14-081
Posted 5/5/2014 Early Stage Development of Technologies in Biomedical Computing, Informatics, and Big Data Science (R01) PA-14-155
Posted 5/5/2014 Alzheimer's Disease Pilot Clinical Trials (R01) PAR-14-089
Posted 5/5/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)  PA-14-161 
Posted 5/16/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R21)  PA-14-159 
Posted 5/23/2014 Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30) RFA-AG-15-003
Posted 7/04/2014 Research Supplements for Aging Research on Health Disparities (Admin Supp) PA-14-256
Posted 7/05/2014 Lab to Marketplace: Tools for Brain and Behavioral Research (R43/R44)  PA-14-250
Posted 8/23/2014 Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R21)  PAR-14-119 
Posted 8/23/2014 Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)  PAR-14-118 


Center on Aging Membership Directory

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