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Reyhan Westbrook, PhD, has been selected for  a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Reyhan Westbrook, PhD, on his selection for a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship. Reyhan is a member of the Biology of Healthy Aging  team and will use this award to continue his work characterizing the frailty phenotype using metabolomics methods.

Dr. David Roth, Director of the Center on Aging and Health is awarded $3,265,952 from NIH

Dr. David Roth, Director of the Center on Aging and Health, has been awarded $3,265,952 from NIH for: “Transitions to Family Caregiving and Its Impact on Health Indicators”. The award covers the period 06/01/2016 – 05/31/2021. Dr. Roth’s research has shown that in specific circumstances caregiving confers health benefits and this research will allow him to further define these outcomes.

Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos has been selected to receive a 2016 ATS Abstract Scholarship for work done in collaboration with Dr. Bucky Greenough and team

Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos on his selection to receive a 2016 ATS Abstract Scholarship for work done in collaboration with Dr. Bucky Greenough and team.  Their abstract titled “Long Term Outcomes From A Single Chronic Ventilator Unit: A 5-Year Assessment” was selected based on the quality, as reviewed by the Assembly on Critical Care Program Committee Chair.  An Abstract Scholarship certificate and check will be presented to him at this year’s Assembly Membership Meeting taking place at the ATS International Conference in San Francisco, California.

Alicia Arbaje, MD, MPH, has been selected by the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to receive 2016 Diversity Recognition Award  

Alicia Arbaje, MD, MPH, has been selected by the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to receive a 2016 Diversity Recognition Award.  As you know, Alicia is active in many initiatives in and outside of the Division to increase diversity and inclusion, especially in the Latino community.  Provost Robert Lieberman will present the awards at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 3:30 ¬to 5:00pm in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall on the Homewood Campus.  A reception will follow

Carolyn Robinson, Medical Training Program Administrator for Geriatric Medicine, was selected by the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to receive a 2016 Diversity Recognition Award

Carolyn Robinson, Medical Training Program Administrator for Geriatric Medicine, was selected by the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) to receive a 2016 Diversity Recognition Award.  Carolyn has been an energetic and creative member of our Mosaic Initiative and this award acknowledges outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff and students whose demonstrable efforts foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusion at Hopkins.  Provost Robert Lieberman will present the awards at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 3:30 to 5:00pm in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall on the Homewood Campus.  A reception will follow.

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn and colleagues publish articles in JAMA Internal Medicine

Please see the attached original research article titles, Primary Care Practitioners’ Views on Incorporating Long-term Prognosis in the Care of Older Adults by Dr. Nancy Schoenborn and colleagues and accompanying commentary published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2513448

 http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2513444

Fatima Sheikh, MD, and co-authors have published a case report and article on oral rehydration in the elderly

Fatima Sheikh, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and co-authors have published a case report and review article on oral rehydration therapy in the elderly. Dr. Sheikh, is medical director of FutureCare at North Point and supervises geriatric medicine fellows’ longitudinal care at that facility.

http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/article/oral-rehydration-therapy-alternative-intravenous-therapy-dehydrated-older-people

Darlene Fuchs, Nurse Practitioner, winner of The Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE)

Darlene Fuchs, Nurse Practitioner for the Division of Geriatric Medicine in Specialty Hospital Programs on the Bayview campus is winner of The Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence (MCACE) 2nd Annual ‘Miller-Coulson Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant Clinical Excellence Award.’  This honor is awarded to the NP/PA in each Department who exemplifies clinical excellence. The MCACE defines clinical excellence as achieving a level of mastery in the following 6 areas as they relate to patient care: i. communication & interpersonal skills, ii. professionalism and humanism, iii. diagnostic acumen, iv. skillful negotiation of the healthcare system, v. knowledge, vi. scholarly approach to clinical practice, and exhibiting a passion for patient care. This award will be acknowledged with a plaque and recognition at the Excellence in Patient Care Symposium, on Monday, April 18, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Chevy Chase Auditorium in the Sheikh Zayed Tower at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  At this event, the MCACE’s new faculty members will be inducted.

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn has been chosen to receive one of the Merck/AGS 2016 New Investigator Awards

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn on notification by the American Geriatrics Society Scientific Program Committee that she has been chosen to receive one of the Merck/AGS 2016 New Investigator Awards. These awards are given to individuals whose original research as presented in a submitted abstract, reflects new and relevant research in geriatrics and are designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research.

Jessica Colburn, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award

Jessica Colburn, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine has been notified that she has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award.  This from the Awards Committee: “The Outstanding Junior Clinician Educator of the Year Award was established to recognize an outstanding clinician educator junior faculty member for significant contribution to the education and training of students/trainees in geriatrics and the progress of geriatrics education in health professions schools. This award will be presented during the 2016 AGS Annual Meeting on Friday, May 20th between 9:15 and 10:00 am at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.”  This is a highly selective award, as the field of junior faculty in geriatric medicine who excel in clinical teaching has grown dramatically over the past decade.

Brian Buta and Dr. Ravi Varadhan and colleagues on the successful publication of an important review of frailty instruments

Brian Buta and Dr. Ravi Varadhan and colleagues on the successful publication of an important review of frailty instruments and their use. The concept of frailty is widely accepted, though instruments used to evaluate it vary widely in their characteristics and use. The phenotypic based frailty instrument developed by Linda Fried and colleagues at Johns Hopkins has been the most frequently cited instrument in the research literature. However, the number of instruments developed and in use is burgeoning, leading Brian and colleagues in the Pepper Center (Older Americans Independence Center) to study which instruments are being used to better inform how these are used for clinical and research purposes.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1568163715300386

Dr. Antonio Graham has been selected by AGS to present at the May 2016 AGS meeting in Long Beach, CA

 Dr. Antonio Graham has been notified by the AGS Abstract Selection Committee that his abstract, Association between Baseline Frailty and Delirium or Functional Status after Cardiac Surgery, has been selected for presentation during the Presidential Poster Session at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society to be held this May in Long Beach, CA.  The reviewers state: “Posters in this session will be reviewed by the AGS Research Committee and one poster award will be given in each of the abstract categories. Poster award winners will be announced the following morning at the AGS Awards Ceremony.”

Dr. Halima Amjad has been awarded $50,000 for Alzheimer’s Research

Dr. Halima Amjad has been selected as the recipient of the highly competitive Robert Katzman, MD, Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Research Cosponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the American Brain Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. This award is for $50, 000 each year for two years.

Bruce Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine has been appointed by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to serve on Committee

Bruce Leff, MD, Professor of Medicine has been  appointed by the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to serve on the VA Geriatric and Gerontology Advisory Committee. This is a notable recognition of Dr. Leff’s expertise in health system design and evaluation.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Geriatrics Dr. Ariel Green MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and colleagues publish articles on implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)

In a study published in BMC Geriatrics, Dr. Ariel Green and colleagues conducted interviews with 44 older adults with ICDs.   Nearly all older adults would still choose to get an ICD to prevent sudden cardiac death despite high short-term risk of death or health deterioration, as assessed with the Vulnerable Elders Survey.  In a second paper, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Dr. Green and colleagues used data from the national ICD registry and found that approximately 1 in 10 Medicare patients with heart failure receiving an ICD for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death had frailty (10%) or dementia (1%). These patients had significantly higher 1-year mortality than those with other common chronic conditions. Both findings suggest the need to partner more effectively with patients and families to decide how best to use medical technologies, particularly for older adults with competing health risks.

http://circoutcomes.ahajournals.org/content/early/2015/12/29/CIRCOUTCOMES.115.002053.full.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4690308/pdf/12877_2015_Article_173.pdf

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn, MD was named Passano Clinician Scientist for 2016-2017

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn was named a Passano Clinician Scientist for 2016-2017. The award of $40K is renewable for a second year.  Drs. Cynthia Boyd and Craig Pollack were mentors, Dr. Frank Giardiello gave his support in the application and Heather Modispaw and Katie Matthews, MS, helped with the grant submission.

Dr. Samuel Williams, a 2013 Johns Hopkins Geriatric fellow, published article about house calls for older adults in the Baltimore Sun paper

Dr. Samuel Williams, a 2013 Johns Hopkins Fellow in Geriatric Medicine published an article on Dec 27, 2015 in the Baltimore Sun paper.  In this article, Dr. Williams describes his personal experiences with house calls during his training and how that has influenced his opinions regarding their value in the care of older adults, including rural America.  Dr. Williams completed his two-year geriatric medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2013 and now practices in rural Georgia.  Dr. Williams also served as a primary care provider at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in urban Baltimore prior to his move to Georgia.  These experiences as a practicing geriatrician offer valuable perspective to the topic of house calls in this very well written article.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-eldercare-williams-20151227-story.html

Tyesha Burks, Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow has been selected as Nathan Shock Scholar

Tyesha Burks, Ph.D., Post-doctoral fellow, has been selected as this  year’s Nathan Shock Scholar. Dr. Burks works in the Biology of Healthy Aging labs under the mentorship of Dr. Jeremy Walston, the Raymond and Anna Lublin Professor of Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Burks’ research is focused on discovering the mechanism of age-related sarcopenia. Several years ago, it was determined that some congenital skeletal muscle disorders were characterized by increased transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling and that treatment with losartan, an angiotensin II type I receptor blocker (ARB), ameliorated the phenotype.  Since aging is also associated with increased TGF-β signaling and impaired skeletal muscle homeostasis, she and colleagues have focused on the use of losartan to combat sarcopenia in pre-clinical studies.  The current aim of her research is to identify molecular pathways by which losartan impacts sarcopenia.  The results of these studies will help to provide rationale for the further development and testing of losartan and other related agents to preserve skeletal muscle strength and function during aging.

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn and colleagues published article describing an innovative curriculum to teach first-year house staff

Dr. Nancy Schoenborn and colleagues have published an article describing an innovative curriculum to teach first-year house staff to use and discuss prognosis with elderly patients with multi-morbidity. The novelty of the curriculum stems from its focus on elderly with multi-morbidity and the use of experiential learning to reinforce case discussions, reflection, and role play as other curricula that teach prognosis communication.

Reference:  Schoenborn NL, Boyd C, Cayea D, Nakamura, K, Xue QL, Ray A, McNabney M. Incorporating prognosis in the care of older adults with multimorbidity: description and evaluation of a novel curriculum. BMC Medical Education, 2015.

Dr. Neal Fedarko has received a Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Lung Cancer Research Program Concept Award for $162,000

Dr. Neal Fedarko has received a Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program Lung Cancer Research Program Concept Award for $162,000. The grant, entitled “Host Agonistic Autoantibodies: A Novel Mechanism Promoting Lung Cancer Progression and Recurrence.  The study will determine serum levels of these autoantibodies in subjects with lung cancer, their association with treatment failure, predictive ability for disease progression and recurrence and the functional effect of these autoantibodies on lung cancer cells.

 

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