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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.



   1.  News

geriatrics aging-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.

Feng Lin

Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN Honored as  Brilliant New Investigator 

Assistant Professor of Nursing Feng (Vankee) Lin, PhD, RN will be presented with the Brilliant New Investigator Award from the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS) at the organization's 2016 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, September 15 to 17, in Washington, DC. (read full article here)


   2.  Funding Opportunities

  • The American Federation for Aging Research has issued a call for research grants from junior faculty. The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research.
    •  1 - 2 year grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to junior faculty (MDs and PhDs) to conduct research that can serve as the basis for longer-term research efforts.

        Examples of potentially fundable areas of research include, but are not limited to:

  • Aging and immune function
  • Stem cell aging
  • Inflammation
  • Genetic control of longevity
  • Neurobiology and neuropathology of aging *
  • Mechanisms of dementia *           
  • Invertebrate or vertebrate animal models
  • Cardiovascular aging 
  • Aging and cellular stress response
  • Metabolic and endocrine changes

Applicants must be an independent investigator with independent research space as described in a form completed by his/her dean or department chair and must be no more than ten years beyond the start of his/her postdoctoral research training as of July 1, 2017.

LOIs are due December 15, 2016. Upon review, selected applications will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 2017.

    3.  Other Opportunities

  • Geriatric Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

    The Division of Geriatric & Aging is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Geriatric Scholars Program. The Geriatric Scholars Program is funded by the recently awarded HRSA Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) grant. The Geriatric Scholars Program is open to junior and mid-career faculty from the School of Nursing and School of Medicine & Dentistry with an interest in gerontology and geriatric medicine who wish to spearhead program development through geriatric education within their School, Program, Division, and/or Department. The Geriatric Scholars Program will enhance the Scholars' teaching and leadership skills and facilitate their career development as academic leaders with a clinical, educational, and/or research niche in geriatrics and gerontology.

      Application Deadline:  Friday, November 11, 2016

      Application Guidelines

      For more information, contact Laura M Robinson at (585) 760-6380 or via email at