Michael Abramoff

Michael Abramoff

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PhD
Professor
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

The long range goal of Dr. Abramoff's research is to make computer aided diagnosis and digital retinal imaging for the screening, diagnosis and measurement of diabetic retinopathy, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma, patient friendly, low-cost and effective. These diseases are the big three causes of blindness in the US and most of the developing world, and screening and timely treatment is known to be effective or even cost-effective. Dr. Abramoff and his students and coworkers are developing novel methods for computer aided diagnosis and image analysis, retinal imaging at...

Nazan Aksan

Nazan Aksan

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PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

I study driving safety in at-risk populations including healthy and diseased aging, obstructive sleep apnea.  This research will expand to include adolescents.  Driving safety assessments include multiple platforms including simulation, real-world driving with instrumented vehicles, and black-box technology in participants’ own vehicles.  EEG, peripheral physiology, and eye-trackers are integrated into our simulation environment permitting enriched assessments of self-regulation of attention.  I also have strong interests in individual differences specifically how personality and affective...

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

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M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology

Dr. Anderson's research interests are in human cognitive neuropsychology, with emphases in frontal lobe dysfunction, language processing, and cognitive/behavioral rehabilitation. The primary methods involve application of experimental cognitive and behavioral paradigms in patients with circumscribed brain lesions defined by MRI. Current projects are directed at delineating impairments of social behavior and executive function associated with adult- and childhood-onset damage to prefrontal cortex, evaluating the validity of the classical aphasia classification scheme, and investigating the...

Stephan Arndt

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PhD
Psychiatry
Biostatistics

Aging Related Research:
Alcohol and drug use in older people.

Keywords:  Substance use, alcohol use, recovery, biostatistics, epidemiology

Kanika Arora

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy (CPH)

Kanika Arora, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy. She completed her PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2015. Her research focuses on understanding the motivations and implications of supplying long-term care services to the elderly in the U.S. Her recent work examines: time tradeoffs associated with informal care, parental dementia and wealth accumulation among adult children, and the effect of formal care services on Medicaid expenditures. A second stream of her research studies evaluation design for...

Dr. Sato Ashida

Sato Ashida

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Community and Behavioral Health (CPH)

Sato Ashida, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health.  She received a PhD from the Ohio State University School of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, with area specialization in Aging, in 2005. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Intramural Social and Behavioral Research Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ashida specializes in social network research and investigates the roles of social contexts in maintaining and enhancing...

Christopher Atchison

Christopher Atchison

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M.P.A., A.B.
Director, University of Iowa Hygienic Lab
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Clinical Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy
Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Public Health

Christopher G. Atchison is Director of Iowa’s Hygienic Laboratory, Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and Clinical Professor in Health Management and Policy. He holds secondary appointments in the College of Nursing and the Public Policy Center. Mr. Atchison serves on the Iowa Prevention of Disabilities Policy Council, co-chairs the Partnership for Better Health, and is on the Board of the Child and Family Policy Center and on the Steering Committee for the National Academy of State Health Policy. He is also Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Association of Public...

Wei Bao

Wei Bao

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MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology

Research interests include:  Diabetes and obesity, nutrition and physical activity, maternal and child health, life course epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, molecular epidemiology (including metabolomics), genetic epidemiology (including genomics and epigenomics), developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), and microbiome

 

Joe Barrash

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PhD
Neurology

Aging Related Research:
My focus is on personality disturbances that develop as a consequence of neuropathological conditions associated with aging, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, frontotemporal dementia and stroke.

Keywords: Acquired personality disturbance, dementia, stroke

Mercedes Bern-Klug

Mercedes Bern-Klug

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Ph.D., M.A., M.S.W.
Associate Professor
Director, Aging Studies Program
Hartford Faculty Scholar
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Bern-Klug is the Director of the University of Iowa's Aging Studies Program.  Her research interests are gerontology, demography; long-term care; psychosocial issues in advanced chronic illness; nursing home social work; end-of-life issues; funeral arrangements; creative writing for social workers. 

Charles Brenner

Charles Brenner

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PhD
Biochemistry

Aging Related Research:
I discovered nicotinamide riboside (NR) as an unanticipated vitamin precursor of NAD and showed that NR extends lifespan in yeast by virtue of increasing NAD metabolism and Sir2 activity. I have further investigated the metabolic consequences of calorie restriction and am engaged in metabolism research in several conditions related to aging.

Keywords: Nicotinamide riboside, NAD, metabolomics, calorie restriction

Elana Buch

Elana Buch

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M.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Elana Buch, M.S.W., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Buch received her M.S.W. and Ph.D from the University of Michigan's Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science, was an NIA and Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work pre-doctoral fellow, and was a Social Science in Practice postdoctoral fellow at UCLA.  

Dr. Buch's research focuses on older adults experiences with paid care and with kin. She examines the new kinds of intimate relationships that adults forge in later life, including with new romantic partners...

Kathleen Buckwalter

Kathleen Buckwalter

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Ph.D., R.N.
Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing

Professor Emeritus Kathleen Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the former Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, and Associate Director of the National Health Law and Policy Center at the UI College of Law. A prolific researcher of issues affecting the elderly, Dr. Buckwalter's work has focused on improving mental health services and providing community-based care for chronically ill older persons. Her specific clinical and research interests are in the area of geriatric mental health.

Dr. Buckwalter's research has been funded by several branches of the...

Ryan Carnahan, Ph.D.

Ryan Carnahan

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PharmD, MS, BCPP
Associate Professor
Epidemiology/College of Public Health

Ryan Carnahan, PharmD, MS, BCPP, is the Associate Director of Education and Outreach. He is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. His work aims to improve quality of care, particularly medication use, for people with dementia and delirium through education and implementation of best practices. He also studies patterns of use and adverse effects of medications in the elderly, and is involved in drug safety surveillance for the FDA. He is particularly interested in adverse events related to medication-associated cognitive impairment. His work involves...

Xi Chen

Xi Chen

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DDS, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Dr. Chen participates in predoctoral clinical teaching in the Geriatric and Special Needs Dentistry program, and the graduate Geriatric and Special Needs Certificate program. He also gives seminars and lectures on topics related to geriatric dentistry to predoctoral and graduate students.  In addition, he provides research mentorship and gives CE presentations related to the oral and general health of elderly populations.

Octav Chipara, Ph.D.

Octav Chipara

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

Octav Chipara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science received a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Chipara served on a number of technical programming committees including the International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets), the International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), and the International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN). Dr. Chipara's research focuses on the next generation of wireless sensor networks that...

Gary Christensen

Gary Christensen

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M.S., D.Sc.
Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Radiology Oncology

Dr. Christensen teaches computer engineering and signal/image processing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  His research interests include image processing, medical imaging, deformable shape models, 3D visualization, computer architecture, and parallel computing.  His research involves developing new image registration methods for customizing electronic anatomical atlases, automatic segmentation, modeling anatomical shape for the characterization of normalcy and disease, and brain mapping.

Expertise: image and statistical analysis

Catherine Cole

Cathy Cole

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PhD
Professor and DEO
Marketing

Areas of Expertise:

  • Effects of couponing on purchase and repeat purchase rates
  • Elderly adults' use of consumer information
  • Measurements and effects of knowledge and experience on consumer behavior

Kelly Cole

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PhD
Health & Human Physiology
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Aging Related Research:
Neural and biomechanical mechanisms underlying reduced hand dexterity in healthy aging. Studies focus on recording the fingertip forces exerted against objects that are manipulated, along with hand and object kinematics. Non-invasive brain stimulation has been employed to determine if improved dexterity can be achieved through stimulation-enhanced motor practice.

Keywords: Human, hand, dexterity, sensorimotor, neural plasticity

Jeanette Daly

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RN, PhD
Family Medicine

Aging Related Research:
Research regarding elder abuse legislation, prosecution, nursing home abuse.

Keywords:  Elder abuse, colorectal cancer screening

Peter Damiano

Peter Damiano

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D.D.S., M.P.H.
Director, Public Policy Center
Director, Health Policy Research Program
Professor, Preventive and Community Dentistry
Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry

Peter Damiano is the Director of the Public Policy Center (PPC) and Professor, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He started the health policy research program at the PPC in 1990 and has been Director of the Center since July 2007. He is a health services researcher who investigates issues relating to access to care, quality, cost and outcomes of care. Dr. Damiano has authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and research monographs and has been the principal investigator on over 50 research studies funded by federal, state and Foundation...

Warren Darling

Warren Darling

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PhD
Health & Human Physiology
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Aging Related Research:

My laboratory research is focused on sensorimotor control of hand and digit movements in healthy aging and also of gait and balance in populations with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.  The role of lifestyle interventions in preventing and improving age-related deterioration motor function is also investigated.

Concerning education, I am involved in teaching a course in Physiology of Aging in which we discuss effects of aging on function of all major body systems.

Keywords: ...

Nancy Davin

Nancy Davin

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AA
Administrative Services Manager
Center on Aging

Natalie Denburg

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MA, PhD
Neurology

Aging Related Research:
Cognitive neuroscience of aging with am emphasis on real-world decision-making (financial, consumer, medical).

Keywords:  Dementia, normal aging, decision-making, cognitive neuroscience, emotion

Susan Duffy

Susan Duffy

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MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
William Field

R. William Field

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PhD
Professor
Occupational and Environmental Health

Aging Related Research:
Lung cancer in radon-exposed individuals, mortality of elderly munitions workers.  Occupational and environmental epidemiology.

Keywords: Radon, lung cancer, silica, occupation, risk perception

Bernd Fritzsch, Director

Bernd Fritzsch

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Ph.D.
Director, Center on Aging
Director, Aging Mind and Brain Initiative
Professor and Chair, Department of Biology
Department of Biology

Bernd Fritzsch, Ph.D., is the Director of the Aging Mind and Brain Initiative. He is Professor in the Department of Biology, holds an Endowed Entrepreneurial Professor title and is a Fellow of the AAAS. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Otolaryngology, is a member of the DELTA center and is core co-director of the recently awarded P30 in auditory research. He received his PhD from the University of Darmstadt, was awarded the prestigious Heisenberg Fellowship and has published over 250 papers and reviews. Prior to becoming the Chair in the Department of Biology he served...

Joel Geerling

Joel Geerling

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MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

In the lab, we use genetic techniques to isolate and manipulate neurons that mediate basic physiologic functions including sleep, appetite, bladder control, and thermoregulation. My focus lies in identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other subcortical brain regions by applying basic developmental-genetic information and selecting Cre-transgenic mouse models that allow us to target specific subpopulation(s) of neurons that control wakefulness and other basic functions. Beyond the basic scientific importance of this work, we hope to...

Jean Gordon

Jean Gordon

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PhD
Associate Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Aging Related Research:
I study language in normal aging and in age-related disorders, such as aphasia following stroke.

Keywords, Language, word retrieval, stereotypes, aphasia

Steven Green

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PhD
Biology

Aging Related Research:
We study cochlear synaptopathy -- damage to cochlear synapses caused by noise and aging. This type of trauma is a major cause of age-related hearing loss. In particular, loss of ability, during aging, to follow conversation in a noisy environments believed to be largely due to synaptopathy.

Keywords:  Hearing loss, noise, auditory neuron, synapse, aging

Jennifer Hartshorn

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D.D.S.
Preventive & Community Dentistry

Aging Related Research:
I am primarily a clinical faculty in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. I have assisted other primary investigators with their research related to oral health by primarily completing oral examinations on subjects.

Dentistry, oral health, dementia, medically complex, critical thinking

Keela Herr

Keela Herr

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PhD, RN, FAAN, AGSF
Nursing

Aging Related Research:
My program of research, as well as educational and advocacy work, is in the area of geriatric pain, facilitating best practices through implementation science strategies, and promoting palliative and end of life care.

Keywords: Pain, measurement, assessment, aging, cognitive impairment

Steve Hitlin

Steve Hitlin

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PhD
Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology

Steve Hitlin's interests include social psychology, self and identity, values, morality, social theory, and gender. Currently, he is working on three projects. First, he is developing a theoretical and empirical research program aimed at supporting sociological studies of morality, specifically the relationship between values and the moral self. The second involves the development and social psychological nature of racial identities. The third area revolves around attempts to empirically engage issues of agency as a social psychological concept to engage core sociological debates. His...

Mark Holbrook

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PhD
Biology

Aging Related Research:
My past thesis research was studying the effects of antibiotics upon the aging of yeast. Low does of erythromycin an antibiotic that reduces the error rate of protein synthesis in bacteria (and likely in the mitochondria) increased the lifespan of our yeast strain by 25% and reduced the spontaneous rate of the appearance of petites. I currently do not do research but teach the Biology of Aging course for The Aging Studies Program.

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D.

Mathews Jacob

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Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received a Ph.D. degree from the Biomedical Imaging Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2003. He was a Beckman postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign between 2003 and 2006. He was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology at the University of Rochester between 2007 and 2011. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and is currently serving as the associate...

Gerald Jogerst, M.D.

Gerald Jogerst

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M.D.
Mary Ristine Brodie Geriatrics Education Professor
Professor and Senior Vice Chair, Family Medicine
Professor, Psychiatry
Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry

Gerald J. Jogerst, M.D., received his B.A. from Loras College and M.D. from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.  He completed his Family Practice Residency and Fellowship at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, where he also served as Chief Resident.  He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.  His research interests include Elder Abuse Methods of teaching geriatric medicine Functional Assessment in the geriatric population; modifiable risk factors of function, international family medicine training, depression in the older population (cultural differences).

John Kamholz

John Kamholz

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M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Huntington Disease Clinic
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry

John Kamholz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Neurology, is the director of the Huntington disease (HD) clinic, where he is involved in a number of neuroimaging studies attempting to identify biomarkers for disease progression. These data will be used to establish outcome measures for clinical trials in HD. He is currently the PI in two clinical trials for HD: LEGATO, sponsored by the Huntington Study Group to evaluate a monocloncal antibody to the protein Semaphorin 4B; and SIGNAL, sponsored by TEVA pharmaceuticals to evaluate the compound liquinimod. He is also the director...

Korey Kennelty

Korey Kennelty

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PharmD, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice and Science

Dr. Kennelty's research primarily examines patients’ medication continuity when they transition from the hospital to community care. She also works in studying roles of pharmacists in managing chronic conditions.

In addition to conducting research, she teaches on topics including quality and process improvement, and team-based care models. She is an active committee member for the Gerontological Society of America, focusing on medication use in older adults, medication reconciliation in the outpatient setting, and OTC sleep aids.

She enjoys mentoring students, residents (...

Al Klingelhutz

Al Klingelhutz

Associate Professor
Microbiology

One of my primary interests is in how epithelial cells become immortal and subsequently malignant after infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). We are also studying how telomere loss and other factors are involved in induction of cellular senescence and aging. More recent studies have focused on the role of adipocytes in the development of diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Specific areas of research are:

  • Determining how bacterial toxins and environmental pollutants disrupt metabolism through their effects on adipocyte differentiation and function
  • Developing
  • ...
Wen Liu

Wen Liu

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Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Wen Liu, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She received a Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2015. Her research of interest includes examining the effects of personal and environmental factors that influence functional performance in activities of daily living (ADLs), especially eating performance, among long-term care residents with dementia. Her studies also focus on developing and testing interventions to improve function and decrease self-feeding and mealtime difficulties among this population. She is also interested in measurement...

Kashelle Lockman

Kashelle Lockman

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science / Division of Applied Clinical Sciences

Kashelle Lockman works with Associate Professor James Ray, the James A. Otterbeck OnePoint Patient Care Professor in Hospice and Palliative Care. The team will focus on the areas of palliative care, pain management, and hospice related care. She maintains clinical practice at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Charles Lynch

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MD, PhD
Epidemiology

Keywords: Cancer surveillance, cancer epidemiology, cancer control

Leonardo Marchini

Leonardo Marchini

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DDS, MSD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry

Aging Related Research:
As a dentist, I have been providing oral health care for demented geriatric patients for more than 15 years, since I was a private practitioner when living in São José dos Campos-Brazil and currently working at the Geriatric and Special Needs Clinic at the UI-CoD. My research interest is focused on three topics: geriatric oral and general health, patients satisfaction with prosthodontic therapies and temporo-mandibular dysfunction and bruxism. Of particular interest to this network, is the first topic, i.e., geriatric oral and general...

Robert Mullins

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MS, PhD
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Aging Related Research:
My laboratory performs research on the molecular basis of age-related macular degeneration, a common disease that affects central vision in the elderly. We are especially interested in the role played by the immune system in damage to the small blood vessels that supply the retina. 

Keywords: macular degeneration, retina, ophthalmology, vasculature, cell biology, gene expression

Kumar Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D.

Nandakumar Narayanan

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M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Kumar Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Narayanan received an undergraduate degree at Stanford in 2000, received a M.D. and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008, and completed a neurology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2012. He is a recipient of the Donald B. Lindsley Prize for outstanding behavioral neuroscience doctoral work, and the S. Weir Mitchell award for basic science research during residency.  As a neurologist, he is interested in cognitive symptoms of Parkinson's disease. He studies this problem using animal models of...

Larry Newman

Larry Newman

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DNP, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Director, Primary Care AGNP Program
College of Nursing

His current practice focuses on primary care for geriatric patients at rural nursing homes. His clinical experience includes women’s health, men’s health and lesbian, gay, bi, transgender and queer health care.

Faryle Nothwehr

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MPH, PhD
Community and Behavioral Health

Aging Related Research:
My research focus has been on improving healthy eating in rural settings. Because a large proportion of rural residents are middle aged or older, participants in my studies have also been in this age range and tend to be independent living. I have also published some work comparing nutrition-related behaviors among adults of different age categories.

Keywords:  Nutrition, health behavior, health promotion, rural

Jane Paulsen

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PhD
Psychiatry
Neurology

Aging Related Research:
Mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and cognitive impairment associated with health and disease.

Keywords: Dementia, MCl, cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, functional capacity

Priyadarshini Pennathur

Priyadarshini (Priya) Pennathur

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Priyadarshini (Priya) Pennathur, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Pennathur received a doctoral degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University at Buffalo in 2010. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in understanding cognitive artifacts and how humans create and use information in complex work systems. Her particular focus and expertise is in healthcare systems. She has been...

Robert Philibert

Robert Philibert

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M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Bioengineering
Department of Psychiatry

Dr. Philibert has three major foci of research in my laboratory. The first focus is molecular gene-environment (GxE) studies of large longitudinal cohorts. The second focus is centered on my work with MED12 in human health and behavior. The third area is the development of transcriptional profiling techniques in behavioral health. Molecular Studies of GxE Effects in Behavioral Illness. The importance of GxE effects in complex behavior illnesses has become increasingly appreciated over the past several years. In order to study these interactions, he has assembled one of the largest...

Gary Pierce

Gary Pierce

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PhD
Assistant Professor
Health and Human Physiology

Aging Related Research:
The goal of my research is to determine the mechanisms that contribute to vascular endothelial dysfunction and increased large elastic artery stiffness with aging, obesity, prediabetes, hypertension, COPD, anxiety and preeclampsia in humans. We use an integrative experimental approach, including non-invasive and semi-invasive approaches to assess vascular function in human subjects and study cells/tissues (endothelial and mononuclear cells, blood, adipose arterioles) from humans to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved....

Jodie Plumert

Jodie Plumert

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Ph.D.
Professor and Starch Faculty Fellow
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Aging Related Research:
Dr. Plumert's research interests include development of spatial memory and communication, perception-action coupling in children and adults, and risk factors for unintentional childhood injuries.

Laura Ponto

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PhD
Radiology

Aging Related Research:
As faculty in the University of Iowa’s Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging Center, I have been actively engaged in brain-related research for more than twenty years. I have extensive experience in the use of PET agents for the analysis of blood flow, glucose metabolism, amyloid and most recently, tau. I work closely with Dr. Susan Schultz to implement the imaging aspects of the various multicenter trials that the University of Iowa is a participant (e.g., ADNI-2, A4, LEARN, etc.) In addition, I have experience with a number of software...

Veena Prahlad, Ph.D.

Veena Prahlad

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

Veena Prahlad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, received an undergraduate degree at St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, India in 1990, a M.Sc. in Life Sciences in 1992 from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in Genetics at the University of Madison and the other in Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern. 

Cellular protein misfolding leads to the occurrence of amyloid oligomers and protein aggregates and is the cause of cellular dysfunction associated with...

Jean Robillard

Jean Robillard

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M.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs
Carver College of Medicine

Jean E. Robillard, M.D., is the university's vice president for medical affairs, appointed to the post in January 2007 after serving four years as dean of the Carver College of Medicine. Robillard also served as interim president of the University Iowa Aug. 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015.  As vice president, he led the integration of UI Hospitals and Clinics, the Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Physicians group practice into University of Iowa Health Care, the state of Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center.  He has expanded medical services to better meet Iowa...

Edward Sander

Ed Sander

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PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering

My laboratory studies how physical forces regulate cell maintenance, the remodeling of connective tissue extracellular matrix, and the resulting changes in tissue mechanical function and mechanical properties, primarily in the context of wound healing and skin mechanobiology. One age-related area that we are investigating is how aging changes the mechanical environment of the extracellular matrix and the mechanosensing apparatus of dermal fibroblasts such that skin becomes fragile as we get older.

Keywords:  mechanobiology, multiscale mechanics, collagen, hyaluronic acid,...

Len Sandler

Len Sandler

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JD
Clinical Professor of Law
College of Law

Len Sandler developed and directs the Law and Policy In Action and Estate Planning clinics at the College of Law. His focus includes universal design in housing and technology, disability, and ADA accessibility. Medical-legal issues have been at the center of many of his research, policy, legislative advocacy, and representation activities; subject matters range from HIV/AIDS, mental health and disability, medical deportation, and LGBTQQ healthcare to the confidentiality of medical information under state and federal laws. He and the law students he supervises also represent, provide...

Ehab Sarsour

Ehab Sarsour

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PhD
Radiation Oncology

Aging Related Research:
My research interest focuses on the molecular mechanisms that regulate regenerative properties of normal and cancer quiescent cells. I proposed that two separate but interdependent pathways could regulate cellular longevity: a redox-sensitive checkpoint regulating transition from quiescence (G0/G1) to proliferation (S) also known as chronological life span followed by telomeric attrition controlling the “mitotic clock” known as replicative life span. My research has shown that the antioxidant enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase protects...

Hyungsub Shim

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MD
Neurology

Aging Related Research:
Clinical trials in dementia and stroke. Focal cognitive deficits in dementia.

Keywords:  Primary progressive aphasia, posterior cortical atrophy syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, dementia clinic

Marianne Smith

Marianne Smith

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PhD, RN
Nursing

Aging Related Research:
My research is focused on geropsychiatric syndromes, such as dementia, depression, anxiety and delirium, and identification and treatment of associated care challenges and medical comorbidites. My primary focus in treatment is on non-drug approaches and interventions and nursing care management, as well as educational interventions to promote understanding and skill development by daily care providers (both formal and informal). My aim is to find simple, pragmatic ways to increase comfort and function in distressed older people.

...

Daniel Tranel

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PhD
Neurology
Psychology

Aging Related Research:
I study cognitive and behavioral changes associated with aging, and the neural correlates of such changes. I also study several major age-related neurological disease, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and frontotemporal dementia. I use neuropsychological and neuroimaging (fMRI) approaches in my research.

Keywords:  Neuropsychology, Alzheimer's disease, functional neuroimaging, decision-making

Toni Tripp-Reimer

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PhD, RN, FAAN
Nursing

Aging Related Research:
My program of research has focused on minority aging [ethnogeriatrics] particularly related to health behaviors and self-management; most recently focusing on elder abuse interventions among tribal communities in the Great Plains.

Keywords:  Minority aging, chronic illness self-management, elder abuse, community based participatory research, qualitative methods

Carolyn Turvey

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PhD
Psychiatry
Epidemiology

Aging Related Research:
I do research on depression and disability in late-life, psychotherapy for depressed elders, personal health records and health information exchange.

Keywords: Depression, psychotherapy, telemedicine, patient portals, personal health records

Michelle Voss, Ph.D.

Michelle Voss

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Michelle Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences received a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. She was a Beckman Institute Predoctoral Fellow in 2008 and 2009, and was awarded the Paul D. Doolen Scholarship for the Study of Aging in 2009. Dr. Voss investigates the effect of interventions, such as physical activity, exercise, and cognitive engagement, on brain health and performance in order to learn what steps we can take to keep our mind functioning well as we age. Her research is also...

Robert Wallace

Robert Wallace

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M.D.
Professor
Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health

Research Interests: 
Aging, Disabling Illnesses of Older Persons including Arthritis, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Dementia, Clinical Trials, Disease Prevention, Clinical Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Preventive Medicine, Public Health

Michelle Weckmann

Michelle Weckmann

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MD
Family Medicine

Aging Related Research:
I am working with the EMR to identify, screen and treat delirium in hospitalized older persons.

Keywords: Delirium, dementia, hospice, palliative medicine

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D.

Jan Wessel

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Department of Neurology

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Neurology. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, where he was a Gertrud Reemtsma Fellow and received a Young Researcher Award from the Gustav A. Lienert Foundation. Dr. Wessel then worked as a Post-Doc and Independent Investigator at the University of California, San Diego. His research examines the neural mechanisms that underlie flexible behavior and cognition, and how pathological processes, brain lesions, and normal...

Jason Wilbur

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MD
Family Medicine

Keywords:  geriatric assessment clinic, resident education

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

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OD, FAAO
Clinical Professor
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Aging Related Research:
Dr. Wilkinson's research interests are in two general areas; inherited eye diseases and driving with a reduction in visual functioning. Dr. Wilkinson works with Dr. Edwin Stone and the other researchers in the Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration (CFCMD) to evaluate and quantify the phenotypic differences in visual functioning of individuals with inherited eye diseases. Dr. Wilkinson is also working with the CFCMD on Project 3000, a study designed to genotype and phenotype all individuals in the United States with Leber's Congenital...

Auriel Willette

Auriel Willette

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M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Psychology - Iowa State University

Auriel Willette, M.S., Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Psychology at Iowa State University. Dr. Willette received his B.A. at Oberlin College in 2002, M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychoneuroimmunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and completed post-docs in neuroimaging and clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Willette examines how obesity, dysmetabolism, and neuroinflammation affect brain structure, function, and biochemistry...

Kristine Williams, R.N., Ph.D.

Kristine Williams

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R.N., Ph.D.
Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Geronological Nursing
College of Nursing

Kristine Williams, R.N., Ph.D., Sally Mathis Hartwig Professor in Gerontological Nursing at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. She received a Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Kansas in 2001. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academies of Practice. Her research linking elderspeak communication to behavior of persons with dementia was highlighted by the Alzheimer’s Association and reported in the national media including Good Morning America, the CBS Evening News, and the New York Times.  Dr. Williams’ research tests interventions to...

Matthew Witry

Matthew Witry

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PharmD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Pharmacy Practice and Science

Dr. Witry’s research focuses on service quality in the community pharmacy setting. This includes the nature of pharmacist-patient communication, pharmacist processes for monitoring the safety and effectiveness of medications. Recent research focuses on understanding pharmacist role perceptions in the refill process, including perspectives and approaches to improving medication adherence. Witry also is examining medication list concordance for veterans using both VA and non-VA health care services. Dr. Witry also is interested in using technology to obtain information from patients about...

Fredric Wolinsky

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PhD
Health Management and Policy

Aging Related Research:
My focus is gerontologic health services research, generally with special attention to the measurement and modeling of health status and health services use from a longitudinal perspective. For the past decade much of this research has relied on Medicare beneficiaries included in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), for which Dr. Wolinsky has linked the baseline (1992-1993) and biennial survey interview data (through 2012) to Medicare claims (1991-2012) and geo-coded data. I have also been involved in several randomized controlled trials (...