Aging Institute Research Day 2017

Overview

Research Day is an annual opportunity for researchers and clinicians from the University of Pittsburgh, UPMC, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, and other academic institutions to socialize, network, and view posters that showcase the latest in aging research. This year’s event took place on May 10, 2017, and was held at the William Pitt Union. It was our first collaborative program and brought together:

  • Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Stimulating Pittsburgh Research in Geroscience (SPRIG) Workgroup
  • University of Pittsburgh University Center for Social and Urban Research

In celebration of Research on Aging and Rehabilitation, Jonathan F. Bean, MD, MS, MPH, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School and Nathan K. LeBrasseur, MS, PhD, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic joined the day and provided wonderful keynote presentations to an audience of more than 225. 83 abstracts were submitted and were on display throughout the day.

Research Day 2017 Abstract Winners

Selected Presenters
John Frampton, MD
Resident (PGY-3)
Comparing a novel, simplified classification system to established classification systems in adults with Spina Bifida

Marta Bueno, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
PINK1 deficiency in AECII triggers release of mitochondrial DAMPS that initiate pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic responses in the lung

Maureen Bieltz, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist (RAVEN grant - CMS Innovation Project)
RAVEN Initiative: Implementation of an Intervention to Reduce Antipsychotic Use in the Nursing Home Setting

Chelsea Stillman, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar in the Psychiatry Department
Changes in Brain Perfusion Following Weight Loss are Associated with Changes in Body Mass Index

Dominic DiSanto
Undergraduate Researcher (under Dr. Wagner)
Characterizing factors related to employment stability in the first 5 years after traumatic brain injury

Catherine Corey
Lab Manager (Shiva Lab)
The Effects of Aging on Platelet Bioenergetics

Nayana Nagaraj, MBBS, MPH, CPH
Pre-Doctoral Trainee (Epidemiology)
Association between reproductive factors and physical function in later life: A life-course hypothesis

Junior Faculty

Honorable Mention:
Andrea Hergenroeder, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Abstract: Accuracy of Activity Monitors for Counting Steps in Older Adults

Honorable Mention:
Sarah Stahl, PhD
Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Measuring Participant Effort in a Depression Prevention Trial: Who Engages in Problem-Solving Therapy?

Honorable Mention:
Jacobo Sellares, MD
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: The Potential Role of Intracellular Heat Shock Protein 70 Deficiency in Aging and Pulmonary Fibrosis

First Place:
Andrea Rosso, PhD, MPH
Department of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Abstract: Slowing Gait and Risk for Cognitive Impairment: The Hippocampus as a Shared Neural Substrate

Master’s-Level Students and Candidates for Doctoral Degrees

Honorable Mention:
Dylan Royston, BS
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Using Enriched Covert Imagery to Map Hand Representations in Human Sensorimotor Cortex

Honorable Mention:
Helmet Karim, BSc
Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Association between Change in Brain Gray Matter Volume, Cognition, and Depression Severity: Pre- and Post-Antidepressant Pharmacotherapy for Late-Life

Honorable Mention:
Amrita Sahu, MS
Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Abstract: Age-Related Declines in Klotho Drive Dysfunctional Muscle Progenitor Cell Bioenergetics and Impaired Skeletal Muscle Regeneration

First Place:
Yashar Aucie
Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Innovative Shoes induce Locomotor Learning Correcting Step Asymmetry

Medical/Nursing/Student

Honorable Mention:
Ihuoma Njoku, BS
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Effect of Galantamine on Attentional Set-Shifting Performance after Experimental Brain Trauma

Honorable Mention:
Mengchi Li, BSN(c)
School of Nursing at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Correlates of Cognitive Impaired Older Adults’ Willingness to Participate in Research

Post-Doctoral Researchers and Fellows

Honorable Mention:
Santosh Chandrasekaran, MS, PhD
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Electrical Stimulation of the Cervical Dorsal Spinal Cord and Rootlets for Sensory Restoration in Upper-Limb Amputees

Honorable Mention:
Mary Kotlarczyk, PhD
Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Accuracy and Acceptability of Commercial Activity Monitors in Older Adults

Honorable Mention:
Andrea Braganza, PhD
Vascular Medicine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: The Role of Parkin in Age-Department Platelet Mitochondrial and Thrombotic Dysfunction

First Place:
Diana Álvarez, MD
Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: IPF Lung Fibroblasts have a Senescent Phenotype

First Place:
Misagh Mansouri Boroujeni, PhD
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Using Biomimetic Models and Intramuscular EMG for Control of Myoelectric Prostheses

Resident Physicians and Clinical Fellows

Honorable Mention:
Anne Tita, MD
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Correlation between Neurologic Impairment Grade and Ambulation Status in the Adult Spina Bifida Population

Honorable Mention:
Karthik Kota, MD, MPH
Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Abstract: Do Internal Medicine Residents Know How to Deprescribe?


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