Announcements

The Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging, a public-private effort to promote the study of brain function with age, will award up to $28 million over five years to 17 research grants to examine the neural and behavioral profiles of healthy cognitive aging and explore interventions that may prevent, reduce or reverse cognitive decline in older people.

Pasqual Maragall i Mira (born January 13, 1941 in Barcelona) is the 127th President of Generalitat de Catalunya (the government of Catalonia in Spain), and the former (115th) Mayor of Barcelona from 1982 to 1997.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has renewed funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology and designated four new centers. The goal of the centers is to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and help society adapt to an aging population.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has committed more than $36.7 million over the next five years to support and expand its Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging. The Centers form a network of universities and organizations leading innovative studies on the characteristics of the aging population.

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)'s Multicultural Affairs Office and the Executive Committee on Research are inviting basic, clinical, translational and health services investigators to apply for its 2010 Physician-Scientist Development Award designed for MD and/or PhD investigators at MGH who are under-represented in academic medicine.

The award is intended to provide transitional funding for support in the development of such physicians/scientists, and an amount of $30,000 per year, plus 15% indirect costs will be provided for each awardee.

Sharon  K. Inouye, MD, MPH, director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, has received the Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions.

MD and PhD investigators in either basic or clinical research at the Massachusetts General Hospital are encouraged to apply for fellowship awards from the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) Fund for Medical Discovery.

Each award, unrestricted as to area of study, includes a stipend of $40,000, plus applicable fringe benefits and 15% indirect costs, and are effective on or about September 1, 2010. The application deadline for the fellowship award is 3:00pm on February 10, 2010.

More information regarding eligibility and application information is attached.

Harvard Catalyst is a pan-University collaborative effort committed to harnessing the human, technological, and fiscal resources of Harvard and its Academic Healthcare Centers (AHCs) to reduce the burden of human illness. To foster cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary collaboration, Harvard Catalyst offers seed funds in the form of Pilot Grants.

Harvard Catalyst has funded two rounds of Pilot Grants. The window for submitting a Pilot Grant application for Year 3 will start on December 3, 2009.

http://catalyst.harvard.edu/pilotfunding/index.html

Why did you become interested in geriatrics?

Dr. Lewis Lipsitz:  Geriatrics is still one of the frontiers of medicine, since it's really only recently that people have begun experiencing old age - a century ago, the average life expectancy was 47, and today, it's well over 80. So it's exciting to be in a field on the cutting edge.

 

What did you find most rewarding about it?

Dr. LL:  Old people are fun! They have a wonderful amount of history, great stories to tell, and a wide breath of experience that teaches me every day.

 

The Massachusetts ADRC and the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center have joined forces to fund the best novel ideas for pilot projects aimed at understanding and developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.  Together, we are pleased to announce a joint call for pilot study applications from investigators within the Harvard community.  Grants with a dollar value up to $30,000 (direct costs) will be awarded for the duration of one-year.  A total of $240,000 is available.

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