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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)


Heffner Selected for Emerging Leaders in Aging Scholars Program

Kathi Heffner, PhD, Associate Professor in the University of Rochester School of Nursing and the Department of Psychiatry, was among a select group of scholars chosen to participate in a yearlong national geriatric leadership development program. Read more...


ENGOAL is underway!

A $250,000 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award will allow researchers from the Warner School of Education and the School of Nursing to collaborate with community stake holders to recruit and train two cohorts of older adults to participate in research projects with geriatric health researchers. Read more...


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 for article)


Research Will Employ Data Science to Determine Suicide Risk in Elderly


Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) is pleased to offer geriatric education online for FREE!

                                      **Check out our Education page for more details**


Kathi Heffner Appointed Associate Chief of Research for Geriatrics

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Kathi Heffner, PhD, an accomplished researcher whose work focuses on stress and aging, has been named associate chief of research for the Division of Geriatrics and Aging in the Department of Medicine. An associate professor with a primary appointment in the School of Nursing and secondary appointments in medicine and psychiatry, Heffner was selected for the position in October after a national search. Read more...


Insomnia in Older Adults    

 Janki Patel, MD        

Insomnia is not a normal part of aging! Click here to read more in GER-E-NEWS


A Double-Header Blog Post! Pay Lines and New Approved Concepts

Marie Bernard, Deputy Director, Office of the Director, and
Dr. Robin Barr, Director, Division of Extramural Activities

This week, we have two important news items to share with you. The first is the most recent NIA pay line and funding policy. The second is the list of approved concepts for future funding priorities. Read the full blog post.

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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...)

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