Thomas M. Gill, M.D., assistant professor of medicine (geriatrics), was one of 10 junior faculty to receive the Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars in Aging Research Award from The American Federation for Aging Research. This $450,000 award is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Alliance for Aging Research on behalf of donor friends. He also received a $240,000 Generalist Physician Faculty Scholars Award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care. Both awards will support Dr. Gill's research on identifying the precipitating events leading to new dependence in activities of daily living among frail, community-living elderly persons. "This research," says Dr. Gill, "will lead to an improved understanding of the disabling process and, in turn, will enable investigators to better design effective and efficient strategies to prevent, slow or reverse functional decline."