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Dr. Shen Receives a Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship Award

Dr. Megan Johnson Shen
The award will fund her research study on Advance Care Planning and its critical connection to quality End-of-Life care.

Dr. Adelman’s Training Program for Medical Students Featured in The New York Times

Dr. Ronald Adelman
Medical students are afforded the opportunity of talking with seniors about all aspects of their lives, from physical and psychological challenges, to social activities and interpersonal relationships.

End-of-Life Chemotherapy for Cancer Patients in Question: Dr. Prigerson Publishes Landmark Findings in JAMA Oncology

Dr. Holly Prigerson
Challenging widespread clinical practice and accepted treatment guidelines, Dr. Holly Prigerson has published a paper in JAMA Oncology that puts the value of chemotherapy for end-of-life patients with cancer into question. Among several findings, it was found that patients who were ambulatory (able to do light work) and receiving chemotherapy at study entry, had significantly lower quality of life at the end of their lives compared to those who were not receiving chemotherapy.

Dr. Janey Peterson Receives Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research

Dr. Janey Peterson
Dr. Janey Peterson was recently awarded the prestigious Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research from the National Institute on Aging and the American Federation for Aging. The award is a four-year grant in the amount of $720,596 and will further the development of a physical activity intervention for older adults with multiple high-risk chronic diseases.

Elder Abuse Cannot be Treated in a Silo

Drs. Lachs and Breckman
On October 11, 2012, Dr. Mark Lachs testified in Washington, D.C., providing recommendations to the Elder Justice Coordinating Council on HIPAA and IRB issues related to the investigation of elder abuse. He described the challenges faced by elder abuse researchers under HIPAA and IRB guidelines.

Elder Wisdom: Dr. Karl Pillemer and the Legacy Project

Dr. Karl Pillemer
Is there something that older people know that the young don't about how to live? To answer that question, Karl Pillemer, Professor of Gerontology in Medicine and the Hazel E. Reed Human Ecology Professor at Cornell-Ithaca created the Legacy Project, in which he surveyed more than 1,200 of the oldest Americans to seek their advice for living better, happier lives.

Dr. Lachs Testifies at Senate Hearing on Elder Abuse

Dr. Mark Lachs
Dr. Mark S. Lachs is part of an expert panel convened by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to testify on nationwide trends of elder abuse. The hearing, Justice for All: Ending Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation, will take place today in Washington, DC, and will include personal testimony from actor and abuse survivor Mickey Rooney.

Dr. Lachs Publishes New Book: Treat Me, Not My Age

Weill Cornell Medicine News
As the aging population of the United States continues to grow, patients and caregivers are coming face-to-face with a widespread but largely overlooked problem. Medical ageism often results in a patient's ailments going untreated or being overtreated. Because their symptoms are dismissed as "just part of getting older," such discrimination of the elderly extends throughout the healthcare system, disproportionately affecting the quality of life for elderly patients.

$2 Million National Institute on Aging Grant Funds Pain Management for NYC Seniors

Dr. M. Cary Reid
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has awarded Weill Cornell Medical College a $2 million grant to fund an Edward R. Roybal Center for Research on Applied Gerontology, one of 12 such centers nationally. The grant will create the Cornell-Columbia Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL), a collaboration focused on implementing innovative strategies for improving pain management among older adults.

In Memory of Dr. Desiree Pardi

The Department of Medicine is saddened to announce that Desiree Pardi, M.D., Ph.D., died peacefully on Sunday, September 6, 2009.