Aging Institute Research Day 2016: Building Collaborations for the Future

Overview

The 10th Annual Aging Institute Research Day took place on March 31, 2016 at the University Club at the University of Pittsburgh. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres while networking with peers and were treated to a panel discussion on healthy brain aging.

This year, there were 48 abstract submissions by clinicians and researchers from throughout the UPMC and University of Pittsburgh systems. Awards were given to exemplary submissions from students, post-doctoral candidates, junior faculty and clinicians. A list of poster abstracts in PDF format can be viewed here​.

Awards

Candidates for Clinical or Research Doctorates or Master’s Level Students

First Place
C. Elizabeth Shaaban, MPH
Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Relationship of brain-derived neurotrophic factor with hippocampal volume after a physical activity intervention in older adults at risk of disability

Honorable Mention
Sandra Castro
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
An enriched environment modulates factors associated with healthy brain aging in rats

Post Doctorates

First Place
Stephen Smagula, PhD
Department of Geriatric Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Immunological biomarkers associated with brain structure and executive function in late-life depression: exploratory pilot study

Honorable Mention
Chelsea Stillman, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Physical activity in late life is associated with decreased accumulation of amyloid ß in the Cardiovascular Health Study

Junior Faculty

First Place
Juliann Jaumotte
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Enriched environment increases immune response to bacterial toxin in aged rats

Honorable Mention
Juleen Rodakowski, OTD, MS, OTR/L
Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Depressive symptoms and decline to dementia for older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Clinical Practitioners Doing Quality or Practice Improvement

First Place
Aparna Gupta, CRNP, MSN, ANP-BC
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Effectiveness of Multimodal Strategies to Improve Uptake of a Late Life Collaborative Depression Care Protocol in Primary Care

Honorable Mention
Lisa Hilal, CRNP
Palliative Care Institute, UPMC Palliative Care
Improving Diabetic Management in Residents Receiving Sliding Scale Insulin in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Panel Discussion

This year’s panel discussion topic was Aging and Cancer.

This year’s panel discussion included:

  • Kurt Weiss, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Rocky Tuan, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Carissa Low, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
  • John Jakicic, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Health and Physician Activity
  • Pradeep Tyagi, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Kazunori Koide, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Chemistry

For more information about Research Day, email the Aging Institute at aging@upmc.edu.

Photos from the Event

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