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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 March 20, 2015, Professor Susan Miller is lead author of the study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, worked with colleagues to survey nursing directors at more than 1,900 nursing homes around the country between July 2009 and June 2010 to assess their knowledge of palliative care and their facility's implementation of key palliative care practices.  The study is the first nationally representative sample of palliative care familiarity at nursing homes.
  • On March 17, 2015, Professor Richard Besdine recently published an article in The Huffington Post on elder abuse.  the piece "Why Elder Abuse is Everyone's Problem", which is featured on The Huffington Posts's 'Post 50' blog.
  • On March 2, 2015, Assistant Professor Kali Thomas has shown that meal deliveries can help seniors stay in their homes and save some states money, but in a new report she documents that the service also provides psychological and health benefits, particularly for seniors who live alone.  Meals on Wheels America asked Thomas to conduct a study, with funding from AARP.
  • 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.