Aging Institute Identified as Innovative Science Organization
A special edition of The Pitt Pulse profiles The Aging Institute, among the 'innovative science thinkers and organizations' here in Pittsburgh.
TIME Magazine Video Features Seed Grant Recipient
A recently produced video entitled "Pittsburgh: The Comeback" features Basic Biology of Aging and Aging Institute Seed Grant winner Dr. Edward Burton.
The Aging Institute's Gerontology Educator, Betty Robison, MSN, RN-BC, discusses Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia Care, and how to keep individuals safe when wandering tendencies and anxiety are displayed by patients with these illnesses.
Richard Schulz, PhD, named co-chair of Institute of Medicine Family Caregiving Study
Richard Schulz, PhD was appointed co-chair for the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Family Caregiving study. Dr. Schulz serves on both the Aging Institute Executive Committee and Board of Directors in addition to his roles as Director of the University Center for Social and Urban Research, Gerontology Program Director for the University Center for Social and Urban Research, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
View past news articles about former director of the Aging Institute, Charles F. Reynolds III.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Charles F. Reynolds III for a question and answer session for their latest edition of the Aging Edge Expert Q and A. During the interview, Dr. Reynolds discusses how mental health issues impact seniors differently than other age populations. He also discusses his own personal experience as well as interventions to serve as starting spots for those concerned about mental health and aging.
Pitt Med Magazine showcased Aging Institute Director, Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, in their Spring 2017 issue. The focus of the article is on healthy aging and the promotion of a series of exercise videos in which Dr. Reynolds is featured. The videos, which are part of a science outreach program, were played at a tailgating party for Pitt’s homecoming game. The work that Dr. Reynolds has accomplished in his career is also demonstrated in the article.
The Aging Institute congratulates its director, Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III on being named a recipient of the International Psychogeriatric Association’s (IPA) Service to the Field of Psychogeriatrics Award. Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and the Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry.
This award is presented to recipients who have demonstrated inspiration, leadership, vision, ethics, innovation, organizational development, and motivation in the areas of psychogeriatrics. The IPA has been at the forefront of the field for more than 30 years and brings attention to many important areas including connecting professionals within the field of geriatric mental health, improving the mental health of older adults around the world, and forming important collaborations with other organizations.
A presentation of the award was held during the International Congress in San Francisco, CA, on September 6, 2016.
The Aging Institute congratulates its director, Dr. Charles F. Reynolds III on being awarded a 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health recipient for pioneering work in geriatric psychiatry and the prevention and treatment of late-life depression. Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, and the Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry.
The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health is awarded annually to recognize individuals whose contributions have made a profound and lasting impact in advancing the understanding of mental health and improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. It focuses public attention on the burden mental illness places on individuals and society, and the urgent need to expand mental health services globally. The Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health is named in honor of Herbert Pardes, M.D., a noted psychiatrist, outspoken advocate for the mentally ill, and the award’s first recipient.
Additionally, Vikram Patel, Ph.D., F.Med.Sci., and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy were also recipients of this year’s award.
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) is a major health problem for the growing population of older adults and highlights the need for an increase in evidence-based treatments. Persistent depression decreases older adults’ quality of life more than any other illness and effective antidepressant treatment would address a leading cause of disability, excess mortality, and cognitive decline.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Washington University, Columbia University, the University of Toronto and UCLA will be leading a study focused on helping older adults receive effective treatments while improving quality of life and minimizing the risk of medications. “Optimizing Outcomes of Treatment-Resistant Depression in Older Adults,” also known as OPTIMUM will engage community participants aged 60 and older and their primary care physicians and will be the largest study of TRD in older adults. Charles F. Reynolds III, MD and Jordan F. Karp, MD will lead the Pittsburgh site.
To learn more about OPTIMUM, email OPTIMUMSTUDY@UPMC.EDU.