Speaking of Aging: the 2007 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with
Poster Session on Aging
It was standing room-only for the 2007 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat on May 8th. Author, healthcare
historian, policy analyst, and epidemiologist, Rosemary A. Stevens, PhD, MPH, DeWitt Wallace Distinguished
Scholar in the Social Medicine and Public Policy Program of the Department of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical
College of Cornell University, offered a unique perspective on the formation and future of geriatrics, collabora-
tion, medical specialization, and this “First Quarter” of the 21st Century.
Penn Presenters David Casarett, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Staff Physician and Medical Direc-
tor of the palliative care service at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, and Neville Strumpf, PhD, RN, Profes-
sor in Gerontology at the Penn School of Nursing, and Director of the Center for Gerontologic Nursing Science,
were joined by pre-Doctoral Hartford Scholar, Stacen Keating, MS, RN, CRNP, to discuss end-of-life and pal-
liative care in “Nursing and Medicine: Collaboration in end-of-life research.”
Over 150 were in attendance at the subsequent Poster Session on Aging, held in the Hall of Flags in Hous-
ton Hall. Posters were welcomed from community groups and local universities, as well as from Penn faculty,
researchers, staff, and students. Prizes were awarded to the top three posters in each of the poster categories.
To view the IOA’s 2007 Sylvan M. Cohen Annual Retreat with Poster Session on Aging via streaming video,
Good food, good conversation, catching up on what’s happening in aging research across campus - don’t
forget to mark your calendars for April 11, 2008 - when next year’s poster registration will be due! And be sure
to circle next May on your calendars; the exact date of the 2008 Retreat with Poster Session will be announced
in the coming months.
Helping the Most Vulnerable: What Can We Do?
Join the IOA for the ﬁnal Visiting Scholar Series presentation of 2006-
2007. On June 7th, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, will present “Helping the Most Vulnerable: Issues
in Emergency Preparedness, Older Adults, and Health Disparities.” The lecture
will take place in the Flyers/Sixers Surgery Theatre, Ground Floor of the White
Building at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street.
Seating is limited; reservations are required. For directions and informa-
tion on Septa, public parking and accessing the theatre, please visit www.med.
pdf. To post or print the lecture ﬂyer, visit www.med.upenn.edu/aging/docu-
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IOA 2008 Pilot Research Grants Awarded
This year, with continued, generous support from the Bingham Trust, the IOA was able to award a total of
8 grants in support of research projects in aging in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine.
With 29 proposals received from faculty across the university, reviewers again had a challenging time selecting
the 2008 awardees. For abstracts of the research projects funded, please visit the IOA website. Abstracts will
be posted as they are received.
The 2008 recipients are as follows: Aaron D. Gitler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and
Developmental Biology, School of Medicine, “A Yeast TDP-43-opathy Model”; Olena Jacenko, PhD, Associ-
ate Professor of Animal Biology, Division of Biochemistry, School of Veterinary Medicine, “Hypomorphic
Perlecan Mice: A Model for Osteoarthritis and Osteonecrosis”; Jesse M. Pines, MD, MBA, Research Assistant
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, “The Impact of Emergency Department
(ED) Crowding, ED Waiting Times, ED Length of Stay, and Hospital Occupancy on Survival for Older Adults”;
Barbara Riegel, DNSc, RN, FAAN, FAHA, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, “Symptom Recognition in
Elders with Heart Failure”; Kathryn H. Schmitz, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Clinical Epidemi-
ology, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, “Does adjuvant breast cancer
treatment accelerate aging associated functional decline?: A PILOT Study”; James Shorter, PhD, Assistant Pro-
fessor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, School of Medicine, “Elimination of α-synuclein amyloido-
genesis and proteotoxicty using Hsp104”; J. Paul Taylor, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurol-
ogy, School of Medicine, “Histone deacetylase 6, authophagy and age-related neurodegeneration,” and Li-San
Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine, “The
role of G-quadruplexes in senescence through RecQ-dependent pathways.”
FYI: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 7th Annual Research Day
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s 7th Annual Research Day will be held this week, on Thursday, May
17th, 3:00 to 7:00pm in BRB 2/3 Lobby. Michael E. Selzer, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology and Director
of the Center for Experimental Neurorehabilitation Training will present “Neural Repair as a Basic Science for
Visiting Scholars Series 2007-2008: Who’ll be on Campus?
The IOA is pleased to announce several of the Visiting Scholars for the next academic year.
October 25, 2007 -- Dr. Vincent Mor, Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health at the
Brown University School of Medicine and former Director of the Brown University Center for Gerontology and
Health Care Research, will serve as an IOA Visiting Scholar on October 25th. Dr. Mor has been Principal In-
vestigator of over 20 NIH funded grants focusing on the organizational and health care delivery system factors
associated with variation in use of health services and the outcomes frail and chronically ill persons experience.
January 31, 2008 -- L. Gregory Pawlson, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President of the National Com-
mittee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), While at NCQA, Dr. Pawlson has played a major role in all phases of
the development and maintenance of the current set of HEDIS® measures and other NCQA measures includ-
ing those used in physician recognition programs and pay for performance projects. Before joining NCQA, Dr.
Pawlson was Senior Associate Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Director for Quality and Utiliza-
tion Management for the Faculty Practice at the George Washington University Medical Center . He also served
at GW as Chairman of the Department of Health Care Sciences (DHCS) and Director of the Institute for Health
Policy, Outcomes and Human Values.
TBA -- Dr. Evan Hadley, Director of the NIA’s Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology Program
TBA -- Dr. Nick Bostrom, Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford