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June 2015 Issue | Volume 9, Number 6

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Member Distinguished Awards

Lisa Cannon-Albright, Ph.D., professor and division chief of Genetic Epidemiology, was named as one of two winners of the University of Utah’s prestigious Distinguished Innovation and Impact Award.

The award recognizes “faculty who create products and initiatives with potential to change the world and improve lives.”

Cannon-Albright has been one of the leading researchers behind the U's growing reputation for genetic research and personalized medicine. Her work has helped the U discover many genes connected to disease and create the Utah Population Database, a widely used tool for genetic research that contains 20 million medical and family records. Her contributions include developing new research methods in the area of computerized genealogy data, and she launched the Veterans Geneology Project, an effort to create an electronic record containing genealogical and medical information for millions of veterans. Dr. Cannon-Albright's projects are definitely changing the world and improving lives. For more about this award, and to watch a video about Dr. Cannon-Albright, visit this link.

Congratulations Lisa on your well-deserved recognition!
Joel Trinity, Ph.D.Research Assistant Professor in Geriatrics has received the New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicine which recognizes new investigators who have begun, and are likely to continue, making significant scientific contributions to knowledge in basic or clinical exercise science and sports medicine. The title of the research Dr. Trinity presented was “Endogenous Endothelin-1 and Femoral Artery Shear Rate: Impact of Age and Implications for Atherosclerosis.”

Congratulations Joel!

Geriatric Nursing Updates

  • Gail Towsley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, was awarded a grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center in the amount of $154,000 for her project Me & My Wishes: Long Term Care Resident Videos to Communicate Care Preferences. 


  • Linda Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN, Assistant Director of the Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Hartford-Western Institute of Nursing Regional Geriatric Nursing Research Award for a New Researcher.


Global Health Survey

Juan Carlos Negrette is the first Director of Global Health for Health Sciences at the University of Utah.   He has been attempting to create a sense of synergetic engagement across the health sciences with globally involved staff and faculty as well as working to establish new international partnerships and opportunities within the Global Health community.  Negrette has been spearheading a new plan for the university’s future within the field of Global Health, which includes facilitating coordination between programs, developing systems and tools to aid in that coordination, and creating criteria for the development of new engagements.  Negrette believes that the University of Utah is particularly well placed to participate in development cooperation programs funded by governments or international entities, with specific research and learning goals in mind.
There are many faculty and staff currently involved in global health projects who could benefit by awareness of and collaboration with other existing programs.  There are also projects and funding opportunities requiring particular skills/expertise which exist at our university.  To that end the Global Health office is compiling an inventory of global health related resources across campus that will allow us to better know the players, projects, contacts, etc. and to be used as a resource for all.
They have created a survey; it should not take long to complete.  It asks for information from global health participants by program - you can list up to 10. Given the global impact of aging, this will be a huge resource for us all. 

If you are involved in global health please take the time to complete the online survey here. 


13th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference

"The Aging Brain: Exploring the Intersection of Behavioral and Cognitive Disorders"

August 31 - September 1, 2015 

This Year’s Conference Will be Held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort


Complete conference information (including VHA ACES registration info) and registration is online.
Presented By: The Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

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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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