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The “graying” of the population makes research into the determinants and effects of aging on health a priority. In collaboration with the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Meyers Primary Care Institute, both led by Jerry Gurwitz, MD, aging research initiatives at UMMS aim to promote health, prevent functional decline, and improve quality of life among older adults.

Kate Lapane, PhDJen Tjia MD, and Jerry Gurwitz MD conduct geriatric pharmacoepidemiologic studies and studies of other medication issues among chronically ill or elderly patients.

CPHR students involved in aging research include Camilla Pimentel, MPH, who evaluated analgesic medication patterns among U.S. nursing home residents with cancer, and Alexandra Hajduk, MPH, who examined cognitive status as a predictor of secondary preventive lifestyle change in patients with acute coronary syndrome.