The Leadership and Administrative Core of the Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) continues to propel and review overall scientific goals and benchmarks of all cores, and of the training and faculty development goals from the RCDC and Pilot cores, as well as ongoing Core progress and accomplishments, and of the supported faculty.
Recent accomplishments include:
The Leadership and Administrative Core convenes the OAIC Leadership Council on a monthly basis to establish, propel, and review overall scientific goals and benchmarks of all cores, and the training and faculty development goals from the RCDC and Pilot Cores, as well as ongoing Core progress and accomplishments, and of the supported faculty.
In partnership with the Division of Geriatric Medicine, the Leadership Council sponsors a monthly seminar series of invited scientific presentations, including presentations in the 2012-2013 series by Dr. Richard Shulz from the University of Pittsburgh, and by Dr. Joseph Barton from the University of Maryland.
Our investigators have led groups studying muscle strength decline, frailty, and inflammatory phenotypes and have developed a symposium that was accepted and presented at the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America in Boston in November of 2012.
Our leadership and that of the University of Maryland OAIC have continued to work together on initiatives by which we might leverage our complementary strengths and foci to enrich the research environment for scholars associated with our OAICs, particularly our junior colleagues. These discussions have led to individual networking connections, joint participation in the annual JHU Research on Aging Showcase poster competition for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, and four Jointly-Sponsored Symposia presented collaboratively by our centers. The most recent symposium on Pilot Study Development was held on Friday Monday September 24, 2012 at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, and featured presentations by center leaders (Drs. Bandeen-Roche and Goldberg) and supported faculty (Drs. Dobrosielski and Prior) from both JHU and UMD.
The JHU OAIC collaboration-building project, known as the Pepper Scholars Program, has continued to hold ongoing monthly research-in-progress sessions that allow for OAIC-supported investigator interaction and discourse, along with progress updates and access to mentors and methodological experts. The program’s research-in-progress centerpiece is bolstered by an online collaboration tool, an ongoing seminar series, grant review sessions, and research facilitation by the center administrator on this effort. The main goal of the Pepper Scholars Program is to positively affect collaborative behaviors and investigator productivity through interactive sessions and other mechanisms of interaction and support. More information is available on our website, including a full list of presentations.
We organized participation from our OAIC at the National Pepper Centers Annual Meeting held in April 2013. Our PI, Dr. Walston, our Biostatistics Core Director, Dr. Xue, and Leadership Board member and Division Director, Dr. Samuel Durso attended, along with supported investigators Drs. Burks (former diversity supplement awardee and current Geriatric postdoctoral fellow), Dobrosielski (RCDC), McLean (diversity supplement awardee), Pustavoitau (RCDC), and Varadhan (RC-1 faculty). Dr. Bandeen-Roche served on the planning committee for the meeting, and Dr. Walston participated as Senior Faculty personnel. Drs. Tyesha Burks, Devon Dobrosielski, Aliaksei Pustavoitau presented at the poster session. Drs. Dobrosielski and Xue participated in the mock study section.