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Annual Meeting

The Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging Annual meeting was held October 14, 2011 at the Hill University Center. 2011 Service and Teaching Awards were presented. Dr. Julie Locher received the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging Faculty Service Award in recognition of her leadership for the Public Policy and Aging Program and Dr. Richard Sims received the Center for Aging Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of his leadership for the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program from 1994–2011.

Friday, October 14, 2011
Hill University Center Great Hall

2011 Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging Annual Meeting
Time Event
9:00 a.m.

Poster Competition Begins
11:00 a.m.

Buffet Lunch Available
11:45 a.m.

Welcome and Center Awards

New Horizons Award – Alabama AARP
Bynum Award – Anne Warren
McCallum Award – J. Claude Bennett, MD

Faculy Awards

Faculty Service Award – Julie Locher, PhD
Faculty Teaching Award – Richard V. Sims, III, MD

12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address

“Design and Implementation of the Million Veteran Program (MVP)”

J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH

Professor and Chief, Division on Aging, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA

1:30 p.m.

Oral Presentations by Abstract Competition Winners

Heather Cain
“Predictors of Eye Care Utilization Among Older Adults with Diabetes”

Edward Merritt, PhD
“Inflammatory gene expression in aged skeletal muscle following mechanically induced damage”

Cynthia Brown, MD
“Impact of a Hospital Walking Program on Function and Community Mobility”

2:25 p.m.

Poster Competition Awards
2:30 p.m.



Michael Gaziano

J. Michael Gaziano, MD, MPH is a cardiologist and chronic disease epidemiologist. He serves as Director of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center (MAVERIC) and director of the Geriatric Research and Education Center (GRECC) at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Chief of the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an internationally recognized epidemiologist whose research interests include the epidemiology of chronic diseases in aging populations, with a particular interest in coronary artery disease and stroke and the adverse impact of vascular disease on other organ systems. He is principal investigator for the Physicians' Health Study, a large scale-trial of multivitamins for the prevention of chronic disease. He has served as PI or co-investigator on a number of large-scale trials and cohort studies including the Women’s Health Study, Women’s Antioxidants CVD Study.

Another centerpiece of his research is the data that resides within MAVERIC, one of four national centers of epidemiology funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as PI of the Million Veteran Program (MVP), a project that will enroll one million veterans into a longitudinal cohort with stored biospecimens. Dr. Gaziano oversees several fellowship programs and teaches advance epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has published over 380 journal articles, reviews, book chapters and books. He also serves as a contributing editor for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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