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 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
It is also available on the JAMA YouTube

Shaping Long-Term Care in America Project Launches Website 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. 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 NIH Research Award  - August 2014

Pragmatic Trial of Video Education in Nursing Homes (PROVEN), Providence, RI; Professor Vince Mor.  This trial will evaluate video education as a tool for decision-making for the patient, family, and health care team about advanced care planning in nursing homes, where residents typically have multiple chronic conditions. The videos will be tested to see how they help patients and staff address difficult decisions about resuscitation, use of ventilators in the last stages of illness, and similar important care issues. The study will be conducted in partnership with two large nursing home systems — Genesis and UHS-Pruitt. This project will be primarily overseen by the National Institute on Aging and secondarily by the National Institute of Nursing Research. 

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.

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Faculty In The News

  • On February 5, 2015, Associate Professor Linda Resnik announced that The Foundation for Physical Therapy has awarded Brown University a $2.5-million, five-year grant for a new center of excellence to spur research in the field. In the Center on Health Services Training and Research (CoHSTAR), Brown, Boston University, and the University of Pittsburgh will train researchers and seed new studies to build the evidence base for physical therapy care and to improve how care is delivered.
  • On January 29, 2015,  Assistant Professor Becky Genberg has a study published in the journal Lancet HIV.  A sweeping effort in a rural region of Kenya to test all adults for HIV discovered and reports that the campaign yielded more than 1,300 new positive diagnoses, but few of those new patients sought health care. 
  • On December 11, 2014, Associate Professor Amal Trivedi has special article published in The New England Journal of Medicine titled, "Quality and Equity of Care in U.S. Hospitals".
  • On November 14, 2014, Assistant Professor Omar Galarraga has study published in the Journal of the International Aids Society.  His team conducted interviews and infection tests with 267 male sex workers who come to the city's Clinica Especializada Condesa.
  • On November 7, 2014, Terrie Fox Wetle, Dean, School of Public Health and Professor of Health Services Policy & Practice will be awarded the Irving S. Wright Award from the American Federation for Aging Research.
  • On October 15, 2014, Assistant Professor Omar Galarraga is lead author on a new study project that increasing condom use of antiretrovial therapy for Mexico City's male sex workers would produce a significant advance against the HIV epidemic by reducing the rate of infections among the sex workers' partners.
  • On September 24, the 28th Annual Katz Lecture took place.  Our featured speaker was Albert Siu, MD, MSPH.  Dr. Siu is the Katz Health System Chairman and  Professor,  Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center .  Dr. Siu's lecture is entitled, "Saving Medicare:  The Defining Domestic Policy Challenge for Our Generation." A recording of Dr. Siu's lecture may be found here.
  • On September 15, 2014, Professor Mor discusses his new Demonstration Project in a video interview from the recent NIH Collaboratory Steering Committee Face-to-Face Meeting.
  • In September  2014, Professor Susan Miller is author of recently published study in the Journal of Applied Gerontology indicating that nursing homes investing in "culture change" must make extensive changes for the most important quality of care benefits to be produced.
  • In August, 2014, Professor Joan Teno is lead author on a new study that found that more than one in three patients are dropping hospice care in the U.S. before dying.
  • In April 2014, Associate Professor, Linda Resnik has been selected as a Research Career Scientist in the VA.  There are currently only 15 Research Career Scientists nationally, and it is a tremendous achievement for Linda to join this distinguished group.
  • 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.