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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)


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)


Missing Out on Deep Sleep Causes Alzheimer's Plaques to Build Up

Discover Magazine, February 27

Getting enough deep sleep might be the key to preventing dementia. "Focusing on sleep in the early stages of dementia might be able to slow progression of the disease," says lead author Maiken Nedergaard, a professor of neurosurgery and co-director of the Center for Translational Neuromedicine at URMC.


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

Neuroscience Research Pilot Programs Added

Thanks to the receipt of additional funds, there are now up to 21 pilot project awards available from the Ernest J. Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience, increasing the total funds for this year’s program to $840,000. There are two additional awards available in the CHET program, and up to two additional awards available in Alzheimer’s disease research program. The updated RFA and application information can be found here.

Part the Cloud: Translational Research Funding for Alzheimer’s disease (PTC)

In its eight iteration, the Alzheimer's Association is pleased to announce the Part the Cloud Translational Research Funding initiative to increase the research efforts in Phase I and Phase II (Proof of Concept) clinical trials directed towards Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias internationally. Full program details can be found at

Key Dates:

LOI is now open -

LOI Deadline: May 23, 2019, 5:00 PM ET

Application Deadline for those invited to submit a full proposal: July 31, 2019, 5:00 PM ET

Award Notification: September 30, 2019

    Other Opportunities


Aging Research Day
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Matt Kaeberlein
                               University of Washington

"Translational Geroscience:  Targeting mTOR to Promote Healthy Longevity"

For more information, please click 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: