Pepper Center Awards Support Research Related to Aging

The Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at Yale presented new aging-related research awards to six Yale investigators.

Joanne M. Foody, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) has been awarded $96,892 in career development support for her work, “The Benefits and Harms of Antihypertensive Treatment in Older Persons with Multiple Morbidities: Tradeoffs Between the Clinical Outcomes of Myocardial Infarction, Stroke, Injurious Falls and Functional Decline.” Joseph V. Agostini, M.D., is co-investigator of this study.

Terri R. Fried, M.D., associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) has been awarded $100,000 for her methodological development study entitled, “Eliciting Older Persons’ Priorities among Competing Outcomes” which will focus on the incorporation of patients’ priorities into intervention studies for older persons with multiple illnesses.

Daniel R. Goldstein, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (cardiology) has been awarded $100,000 in career development support for his translational research titled, “Mechanisms of Impaired Immunity in Aging.”

Josephine J. Hoh, associate professor epidemiology and public health has been awarded $75,000 for her one-year methodological development study titled, “Phenotype and Genotype Diversity in Age-related Macular Degeneration,” which will focus on genetic biostatistical issues in aging related research on a leading cause of blindness.

Insoo Kang, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (rheumatology) has been awarded $100,000 in pilot study support for his exploratory study titled, “Aging and Memory CD8+ T Cell Survival.” Funding is for preliminary testing of a research protocol that will advance a new strategy for vaccination and immune therapy in the elderly.

Julie A. Sosa, M.D., assistant professor of surgery and epidemiology, has been awarded $100,000 in career development support for her study, titled “Effects of Surgery on Depression, Memory and Concentration in Elderly Patients with Primary Hyperparathyroidism.” Career development awards provide salary and research support for junior faculty in the first five years of faculty appointment.

“The mission of the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at Yale is to develop and test multi-disciplinary interventions aimed at maintaining or improving the functional ability of older persons,” said Mary E. Tinetti, M.D., the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (geriatrics) and professor of public health, who is director of the Pepper Center.

“Yale Pepper Center activities focus on geriatric health conditions common among older persons that result from the accumulated effects of multiple diseases, impairments interacting with social, physical and environmental factors,” Tinetti added. “Building on the foundation laid over the last 13 years, we focus on identifying solutions to barriers impeding a more complete understanding of the causes, prevention, treatment and outcomes of multifactorial geriatric health conditions.”

The Yale Pepper Center is made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Aging.

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This article was submitted by Liz Pantani on October 2, 2012.

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