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April 2016 Issue / Volume 10, Number 04

A publication of the Univ. of Utah Center on Aging


Research Retreat in Review

We wish to thank everyone who participated on April 14-15 making our 10th Annual Research Retreat a great success!

We enjoyed 31 Poster presentations, two Symposia teams and over 200 guests who attended the combined two-day event.  

Lewis Lipsitz, MD from Harvard Medical School (pictured below) was our distinguished keynote speaker. 

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We are pleased to congratulate our trainee poster winners.

Biological Award: Gregory Remigio

Poster Title: "5-HT6 receptor localization and its effects on memory and synaptic transmission"

Authors: Gregory Remigio, Raunak Basu and Peter West, PhD

Pictured Below: Gregory Remigio and Dr. Mark Supiano



Social Sciences Award: MJ Tran

Poster Title: "Transitional Care Management: A Quality Improvement Program"

Authors: MJ Tran, BSN, Melissa Selden, PharmD, Michelle Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC and Bethanne Karren, Senior Data Analyst

Pictured Below: MJ Tran and Dr. Mark Supiano



Also, a big THANK YOU to our poster reviewers - Dr. Kara Dassel and Dr. Paul LaStayo!

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To view more PHOTOS from the 2016 Research Retreat they are available online to view, share or download.

Go to:

(note: Use the "hint" below the log-in box as the Password)

VIDEOS - KEYNOTE and SYMPOSIA Video was taken of our Keynote Lecture.  You can access and view the video by going to We look forward to seeing you participate next spring at our 11th Annual Retreat!



palmerCommission on Aging Executive Director Anne Palmer has resigned her position to return to the San Francisco Bay Area as Executive Director of the Stanford Education Leadership Initiative in Palo Alto, California.  She will be directing the executive program for education leaders; these efforts and location correspond with her doctorate in education and bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley.    

A 21 year employee of the University of Utah, Anne served as a member of the Commission on Aging in 2005- 2006, representing higher education, and as its Executive Director from 2012 to present.  Among the Commission’s accomplishments during Anne’s tenure were uniting legislative advocacy efforts for aging services, establishing the Music and Memory Utah Coalition, updating the state’s Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form, and persuading Salt Lake City to join the AARP-World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly Cities movement.  Anne is especially thankful to Becky Kapp for chairing the Commission on Aging since September 2012.

Anne's last day was April 15th and we have started the search for her replacement.


Upcoming Events

Grey Matters:
A Movement Class for people with Parkinson's Disease
April 9th for 8 weeks, 2:30-3:30pm




Grey Matters
Dance for Pakinson's
April 30, 2016 4:00pm

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Save the Date.....


14th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference
"Embracing Geriatric Complexity: Applying Assessment Tools in Multidisciplinary Environments"

August 29-30, 2016

This year's conference will be held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, by Salt Lake City, Utah.

Conference information, as it becomes available, can be found at:

Presented by: Division of Geriatrics, University of Utah, School of Medicine

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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


Last Updated: 6/9/21