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.
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)
Living Near Your Grandmother Has Evolutionary Benefits
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.
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.
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...)
2019/2020 Research Career Institute in the Mental Health of Aging (CIMA) is now Accepting Applications
CIMA is a year-long NIMH-funded mentoring network. The overarching goal of CIMA is to facilitate career progression and attainment of federal funding for individuals at the postdoctoral or junior faculty level who are seeking an academic career focused on the mental health of aging. Application deadline is March 15, 2019.
(Click here for application information and more details)
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.
**SAVE THE DATE**
Aging Research Day
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Matt Kaeberlein
University of Washington
"Translational Geroscience: Targeting mTOR to Promote Healthy Logevity"