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March 2015 Issue | Volume 9, Number 3

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Research Retreat April 2-3

Our 9th Annual Research Retreat will be held next week, April 2-3, 2015. We encourage all to attend!
The Poster Session will be held Thursday April 2, 2015from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. We are pleased to have received a record number of submission this year; 47 posters will be presented with 34 of them from Student/Trainees. See poster list here.
The Keynote/Symposium Session will be held Friday April 3, 2015 from 8 am - 12 noon with a Continental Breakfast served 7:30-8:00 am. Dr. Ken Rockwood from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, will be our Keynote from 8:00-9:30 am, followed by Symposium presentations by Center on Aging faculty members. Download a program here.
 Both events will be held in the James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology / USTAR Building 36 South Wasatch Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. Parking is very limited. We encourage you to please take TRAX or walk. See map here.

Visit our Retreat web page here:
We look forward to seeing you!

Member Awards

Shaida Talebreza, MD has received her second major award of the year, chosen as one of five for the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award. 

Leaders who advance palliative care in underserved areas and forge ties with various medical specialists to help people with cancer receive the 2015 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Awards Financial prizes are given to those physicians, young and old, who have shown their care of patients to be exemplary, a model of good medicine for other physicians, and a great benefit in advancing the centrality of end-of-life care as a basic part of the doctor-patient relationship.

Shaida is a geriatrician and palliative care specialist at the George E. Wahlen Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and medical director of Inspiration Hospice, a hospice and palliative care teaching site for the University of Utah. The selection committee praised her work with home-based primary care for veterans.

More information about this award can be found here.

Congratulations Shaida!

Member Spotlight

Satoshi Minoshima, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair
Department of Radiology, University of Utah

Dr. Minoshima completed his M.D. at Chiba University School of Medicine (Japan) and Residency at the Chiba University Hospital in Radiology. He received his Ph.D. from Chiba University School of Medicine in Radiological Science, with a Post-Doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan in Nuclear Medicine.

We welcome Dr. Minoshima to Utah from the Washington University as new Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiology. His research interests include neuroimaging in cognitive disorders.

Keith Diaz Moore, PhD

Professor and Dean - College of Architecture and Planning

Dr. Moore joined the U from the University of Kansas, where he had been a faculty member of the department of architecture since 2006. In August 2014 he was named as the new Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning at the Univeristy of Utah. He has an interest in the issues of aging adult community planning. One of his research projects was Neighborhood Spatial Configuration and Metabolic Function in Older Adults with and without Alzheimer’s Disease.

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. 

Meetings of Interest

Grand Rounds - Rothstein Endowed Lectureship 

Thursday, April 2 • 8:00 - 9:00 am
“How frailty impacts modern healthcare”
Ken Rockwood, MD, 
Kathryn Allen Weldon Professor of Alzheimer ’s Research
Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University, N.S., Canada
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) Room 3515C

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging

Monday, April 6 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
“Aging as an LGBTQIA* Issue”
C. Kai Medina-Martinez, MSW
Director, University of Utah Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center

Monday, April 20 • 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Capstone Lecture: “American Indian Health Disparities”
Franci Taylor, PhD
Director, University of Utah American Indian Resource Center

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 


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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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