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Office for Aging Research and Health Services

The Office for Aging Research and Health Services (OARHS) supports URMC’s contributions as a leader regionally, nationally, and internationally in the development and delivery of innovative approaches to care for our rapidly growing population of older adults.

OARHS brings together the leading innovators in the field of geriatrics and gerontology in the Rochester area and nationally.

It serves as a resource to investigators developing their programs of research in geriatrics, to program leaders and providers in developing innovative clinical solutions for the care of older adults, and to educators preparing a workforce to help address the needs of the older adults population in our community, region, and nationwide.



Roybal Center Receives NIH Grant

Led by Kim van Orden, PhD and Kathi Heffner, PhD, the Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research was awarded a P30 grant from The National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Aging to support the development of behavioral interventions that promote social connectedness in caregivers of a family member with dementia. Learn more on the Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research page.

aging research Kim Van Orden

Kim Van Orden, PhD

Kathi Heffner division of aging

Kathi Heffner, PhD



Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Optimal Care of Your Older Patient -
Research Insights from the National Institute on Aging

                               Marie A. Bernard, MD
     Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging Dr. Marie Bernard

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    12:00 pm


The Age Factor in Cancer Care

"Oncologists are not sensitive to problems of aging unless they're taught them. They miss cognition and memory problems because they're not trained to do this," says Supriya Gupta Mohile, MD, the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor of Medicine, URMC.


Tailor-made for Older Adults, New Tools Improve Oncologist-Patient Relations

A Wilmot Cancer Institute-led study shows that when physicians fully appreciate the concerns of older adults with cancer, such as function and forgetfulness, it elevates patient care and satisfaction.


Alzheimer's: Biogen to Ask FDA to Approve Aducanumab as First Treatment for Early Stage of Disease

Newsweek, October 22
Biotechnology company Biogen, which says it has developed the first drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease, plans to ask the US Food and Drug Administration for the medication to be approved for use in the US. Lead author of the study Anton Porsteinsson, the William B. and Sheila Konar Professor of Psychiatry and director of the University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Care, Research, and Education Program, said that the findings provide “new hope for the medical community, the patients, and their families."


Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

Nicole Xu for NPR

'Grandmother Hypothesis':

Read about why Grandmothers may hold the key to human evolution.



Changing ‘the tragedy narrative’: Why a growing camp is promoting a more joyful approach to Alzheimer’s

An approach — giving the illness a nickname, smoothly zigging after hitting a zag —  with a growing camp of people determined to approach dementia care differently, coming at it with a sense of openness, playfulness and even wonder.   (click here to view the article from the Washington Post)


Complementary Resources to Help Reduce Ageism

The way Americans currently think about aging creates obstacles to productive practices and policies. In response, and in collaboration with seven other leading associations serving the field of Aging, the American Society on Aging (ASA) is pleased to share a set of resources designed to help members and stakeholders join a movement to reframe the dialogue around aging, with the goal of reversing ageist assumptions about older adults. Our Gaining Momentum Toolkit is now available so you and your organization can become part of the movement to reframe how the public views older adults. This work is SO important and our aspirations can only be achieved through large-scale adoption of the principals and tools we provide to you today. (read more...)

Funding Opportunities

The Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience (Del Monte) is pleased to announce the availability of up to 21 pilot project awards (maximum budget of $50,000 per award) to support novel basic, clinical and translational projects in the neurosciences. These awards will be supported from under 5 programs for 2020 and are open to all faculty members across both the Medical School and the Undergraduate Campus. Funds available for this year's program are $810,000.

For more information and to download the RFA, click here. Application submissions are due on Monday, March 16th.


Donaghue Foundation - 2020 Another Look - Call for Proposals

For health-related research projects the offer strong, near-term potential to improve quality of care and life for adults age 65+ living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or other congregate care facilities. Up to 5 awards nationally / grants of about $150,000 - $175,000. For more information information, click here.    Deadline for letters of intent is Wednesday, March 25, 2020.


Rochester Roybal Center Funding Opportunities

The Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties and Aging Research (STAR Center) is a newly funded research center at the University of Rochester Medical Center focused on promoting the social well-being and healthy aging of those caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Learn more about the center's two pilot award opportunities -- the STAR Constellation Pilot Award and the ProtoSTAR Pilot Award -- and apply by Wednesday, April 15.

Other Opportunities

U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Healthy Longevity Global Grand Challenge

As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine ("NAM"), with support from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, will issue up to 24 Catalyst Awards per year between 2020 and 2022.  Catalyst Awards will reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being of people as they age, in a measurable and equitable way. The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) will collaborate with the NAM on the application and scientific review process.
Applications for  Round 1 are being accepted until February 24 at 11:59 pm ET. For more information and to apply, visit the AFAR website here.


The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is pleased to partner with ASAM to present the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder Course including the waiver qualifying requirements.

Online registration link coming soon.  Questions regarding the training can be directed to: