Individuals who serve in a leadership role with the Center on Aging.

Ryan Carnahan, Ph.D.

Ryan Carnahan

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...

Bernd Fritzsch, Director

Bernd Fritzsch

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...

Gerald Jogerst, M.D.

Gerald Jogerst

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).

Marianne Smith

Marianne Smith


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.