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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.



American Society of Clinical Oncology Honors Wilmot Physician with National Award

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Supriya G. Mohile, M.D., M.S., an oncologist at the Wilmot Cancer Institute and trailblazer in the growing field of geriatric oncology, has been named the 2018 winner of the B.J. Kennedy Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). She delivered the B.J. Kennedy Lecture on June 4 at ASCO’s annual meeting in Chicago.

The Kennedy Award recognizes one of ASCO's 40,000 members for outstanding contributions to research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in the elderly.  (read article here)


URMC Lands $3.75M Grant for Age-Friendly Health System Initiative

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant will support our ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes for older adults through the University's Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center.  URMC is the only Upstate N.Y. site - and one of 48 sites nationwide - to earn this grant award.


Latest Cleared Concepts Preview Possible Future Funding Priorities of NIA

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Highland Hospital Becomes First Hospital in Upstate New York to Receive Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation 

Highland Hospital’s Emergency Department is the first in upstate New York to receive the silver standard Level 2 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation, which recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. (click here to view article)


Research Will Employ Data Science to Determine Suicide Risk in Elderly

A new research program will harness machine learning and data science to sift through tens of millions of records of U.S. nursing home and assisted living residents to identify risk factors for suicide. (click here to view article)


Special Evaluations Can Help Seniors Cope with Cancer Care

The Washington Post, March 22

A new study coauthored by Supriya Mohile, the Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor of Medicine, shows that special assessments of geriatric cancer patients can help doctors better learn how patients will fare during and after treatment.


Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits

'GrandNicole Xu for NPRmother Hypothesis'...........
Why Grandmothers may hold the key to human evolution.
(click here to view article)



Can Facebook Keep us Healthy as We Age?

As we age, communicating within virtual communities, like Facebook groups, may help stave off social isolation and its associated negative health effects, according to preliminary research. A UR CTSI Population Health Research postdoctoral fellow is studying how technology and social media could become tools to improve the lives of vulnerable elderly populations. Read the full story on the UR CTSI Stories Blog.


“Elderly”—an outdated and potentially harmful term

The term elderly has no clear meaning and evokes stereotypes. Javad Hekmat-panah argues its use must be avoided in medicine. (click here to view blog)


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)


Complimentary 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. Through a two-year research initiative, our collaborative has learned that as Americans live longer and healthier lives, society needs to adjust both attitudes toward aging and the systems that support wellbeing in later life. 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 Alzheimer's Association is excited to announce its International Research Grant Program Announcement for the 2020 January Program.

The Letter of Intent is now open and must be submitted online at

Letters of intent must be received by September 30, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.

Please Note: Eligibility updates for some programs, full details for each program at

For more information




Grant Opportunity for Research on the Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Infectious Disease

Researchers working to identify a potential infectious disease link to Alzheimer's Disease are encouraged to apply for five, one-time $100,000 grants offered by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation. The grants are made possible with generous support from Alzheimer's Germ Quest Inc. and The Benter Foundation.

Application deadline Saturday November 30th.

Learn more and apply

    Other Opportunities



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: