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27th Annual Katz Lecture: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Our featured speaker for this year's Katz Lecture is Marco Pahor, MD. Dr. Pahor is Professor and Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research at the University of Florida Health Science Center.  Dr. Pahor's lecture is entitled, "Challenges for implementing randomized controlled trials to prevent disability in older populations -- Lessons learned from the LIFE study."

History Video

 A video history of the Center for Gerontology in memory of its first Director, Sidney Katz, MD.

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Brown To Create Most Comprehensive Long-Term Care Database

The National Institute on Aging has awarded members of Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research a major grant to create a first-ever national database that will allow researchers to study the impact of state policies and market forces on the quality of long-term care. The award comes at a time of increasing demand for the services of nursing homes and other long-term care providers; By 2020, an estimated 12 million U.S. elderly will need some form of long-term care.
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JAMA Report

"Placing Feeding Tubes in Hospitalized Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia Varies Widely," is available at www.jamamedia.org.
It is also available on the JAMA YouTube

Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project Launches Website

LTCFocUS.org is a new website from the Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project being conducted at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and supported, in part, by the NIA. LTCFocUS.org provides users with research abstracts and publications and allows users to create their own tables and maps to gather information by state, county, or facility, including information on facility characteristics, geo-coded facility locations, resident characteristics, market characteristics, and state long-term care policies.

New Info from NIH - July 2013

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH has a new blog for scientists and those considering a career in research. Each week, we cover a new topic: funding, fellowships, training opportunities, grantsmanship tips, research priorities, and other issues that may be of interest to you.

Subscribe to get a weekly email notifying you about new posts. Just enter your email address in the Subscribe box on the blog webpage. Or, grab the NIA blog RSS feed

Faculty In The News

  • In December 2013,  Professor Joan Teno has been appointed to the National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Steering Committee for the 2013-2014 Prioritizing Measure Gaps Projects, 2013-2014.
  • In December 2013, Professor Joan Teno has been appointed to the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council with the Rhode Island Department of Health.
  • In November 2013, Assistant Professor Kali Thomas was interviewed by ElderBranch.
  • In October 2013, Assistant Professor Kali Thomas is beginning a randomized study to quantify the quality of life impact of expanding meal programs for seniors -- an ironic research opportunity made possible by the federal sequester.
  • In September 2013, Professor Vince Mor has received the 2013 "Distinguished Researcher Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). 
  • In July 2013, Professor Joan Teno has a brief new report in JAMA that reports that aggressive hospital care is not necessarily helping seniors survive. 
  • In June 2013, Professor Terrie Wetle was notified by the American Public Health Association (APHA) that she has been selected for the Aging and Public Health Section's Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award will be presented on November 5, 2013 at the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.
  • In April 2013, Professor Joan Teno becomes part of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Cicely Saunders Institute.
  • In April 2013, Professor Joan Teno receives award for her work on Hospice Quality at the Management and Leadership Conference of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
  • In March 2013, Associate Professor David Dosa's essay regarding CPR death highlights end-of-life decisions originally appeared Thursday, March 7, 2013 in USA Today.
  • In February 2013, Professor Joan Teno's study that included data on more than 800,000 Medicare beneficiaries who died between 2000-2009, a lower portion died in an acute care hospital in recent years, although both ICU use and the rate of healthcare transitions increased during the last month of life, appearing in the February 6 issue of JAMA.
  • In January 2013, a major gift received from the Irene Diamond Fund to launch a major initiative on healthy aging. Professors Richard Besdine and Terrie Wetle are co-directors on the Diamond Initiative.
  • In December 2012, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Kali Thomas and Professor Vince Mor report that many older adults need only a little support to stay in their homes, but when that isn’t available they can end up in an expensive nursing home where they don’t need most of the available services. According to a new study, states that invest more in delivering meals to seniors’ homes have lower rates of such “low-care” seniors in nursing homes, after adjusting for several other factors.
  • In November 2012, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Andrea Wysocki awarded the Carroll Estes Outstanding Paper Award from the Gerontological Society of America.
  • In October 2012, Professor Susan Miller's study about barrier to hospice increases hospitalization is in the Brown University's featured news.
  • In October 2012, Associate Professor Linda Resnik's study about new metric to track prosthetic arm progress is in the Brown University's featured news.
  • In June 2012, Professor Vincent Mor testifies at Senate Special Committee on Aging.
  • In June 2012, Assistant Professor Zhanlian Feng's study about more seniors being held for observation is in the June edition of Health Affairs.
  • In May 2012, Associate Professor Orna Intrator is Director of the Geriatric and Extended Care/Data Analysis Center at the Providence VA Medical Center. To see the Veterans Health bulletin, click here.
  • In May 2012, Professor Richard Besdine received the Milton Hamolsky Lifetime Achievement Award from ACP RI on May 3, 2012.
  • In May 2012, Assistant Professor Amal Trivedi will be the recipient for the Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Public Health at Brown University.