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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.



Otolaryngology Grand Round Presentation:

The Impact of Age Related Vestibular Loss on Gaze Stability, Balance, & Gait

      Eric Aronson, PT, PhD
               Postdoctoral Fellow
               Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery
               Johns Hopkins Medical Institutes

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:45 am - 7:45 am
ENT Conference Room 1-5015  (inside Otolaryngology Office Suite 1-5045)

Please email Sheila McCart if you are interested in attending


2017 Caring for Elders Conference

Highland Hospital is hosting the 11th Annual Caring for Elders Conference Geriatric Teaching Day on April 5th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Burgandy Basin Inn in Pittsford, NY. this year's keynote speaker is Chin-Lin Ching, MD, FACP, Associate Director of Palliative Care for Highland Hospital and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After attending, you will be able to identify five ways to provide high-quality elder care and implement a multidisciplinary approach to caring for older adults.

The registration fee is $85 and includes lunch. Space fills up quickly, so register today. You can see the agenda and register online.

Event Summary



Aging Research Day

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Georgen Hall, Room 101

Keynote Speaker:

     Dr. David A. Sinclair
          Professor in the Department of Genetics
          Co-Director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging
          Harvard Medical School


Conwell suicideSuicide Rate in Senior Citizens

The International Business Times, January 6

Yeates Conwell, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at URMC, and his colleagues have identified risk factors associated with late-life suicide attempts. (read full article here)


dementia researcherResearchers Identify Brain Region as Target for Dementia Prevention

Feng (Vankee) Lin, assistant professor of nursing, and her team found that "supernormals"--those who maintain their memory capacities better than their peers--have more efficient connections between specific areas of the brain. Read more...

Medina-WalpoleAnnette Medina-Walpole, MD Chosen to Lead Division of Geriatrics and Aging

Esteemed geriatrics clinician, mentor and educator Annette (Annie) Medina-Walpole, MD has been named chief of the Division of Geriatrics & Aging at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Read full article here.


older adult grant supportGrant Supports Local In-Home Visit Program for Older Adults with Behavioral Health Needs

Tobie Olsan, professor of clinical nursing at the University of Rochester, is principal investigator on a grant to help establish an innovative geriatric home visit program pairing local nurse practitioner students and medical students with social workers for in-home behavioral health screenings. Read full article here.

alzheimers association

Alzheimer's Association releases its Community Programs and Services Catalog. View online version here.


   Funding Opportunities

  • Apply for a University Research Award

      Applications are open for the 2017-2018 University Research Awards. The request for
      proposal and application are available online. The deadline for submissions is March 20.
      Questions and completed application should be directed to Adele Coelho at

  • NIA Butler-Williams Scholar Program 2017

       The NIA Butler-Williams Scholars Program (B-W Scholars) is now accepting applications for an intensive introduction to aging research. This program for investigators that are new to aging research is focused on the breadth of research supported by the National Institute on Aging, including basic biology, neuroscience, behavioral and social research, geriatrics and clinical gerontology.

         Deadline for applications: March 24, 2017

        For more information and to submit an application, visit the NIA website here.

        For questions, please contact Andrea Griffin-Mann at

    Other Opportunities