Geriatric Divisional faculty members Dr. Jeremy Walston and Dr. Peter Abadir have recently been awarded the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) Award. This $100,000 award is meant to accelerate their ongoing efforts to commercialize a novel wound care strategy.
Using data from the Cardiovascular Health Study and InCHIANTI cohorts, Drs. Amy Matteini and Jeremy Walston recently published a genome-wide association study identifying multiple genetic loci significantly associated with serum interleukin-18 and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist. In particular, a novel association was observed between serum IL-18 and a region of chromosome two that contains the NLRC4 gene, an inflammasome that may be an important trigger of activation of chronic inflammation in older adults.
Dr. Ariel Green has been awarded funding by The American College of Cardiology Foundation for a research proposal using data from the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). The proposal is titled, Impact of Multimorbidity Patterns on One Year Survival Among Older Adults with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators (ICDs) for Primary Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death. The funds are used to support analyses conducted by the NCDR. Dr. Green will lead the project in collaboration with Dr. Dan Matlock, a geriatrician at University of Colorado.
Dr. Jeremy Walston has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging. The Glenn Awards provide unsolicited funds for laboratory development to outstanding researchers investigating the biology of aging. He was selected from nominees provided by a nationally recognized scientific advisory committee. The funds will be utilized to purchase laboratory equipment and to fund pilot programs in the Biology of Healthy Aging Program.