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Pepper Scholars Program

The JHU OAIC collaboration initiative, known as the Pepper Scholars Program, consists primarily of 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 communication and support.  This program was developed during fall 2009 by Drs. Bandeen-Roche, Gerstenblith and Walston, and the center administrator, Brian Buta; the first session was held in February 2010.  

Pepper Scholars Program meetings normally occur on first Wednesday of each month from 12:00-1:15pm in the large conference room of the Center on Aging and Health (2024 E. Monument St, Suite 2-700).   Each session includes brief progress updates, and a 30-40 minute presentation by an OAIC-supported investigator, followed by discussion. Lunch is provided.

2016 Pepper Scholars Program Research in Progress Sessions


  • September 7, 2016 - TBA
  • October 5, 2016 - Reyhan Westbrook
  • November 2, 2016 - Pingbo Zhang
  • December 7, 2016 - Sean Leng
  • January 4, 2017 - Rani Hasan
  • February 1, 2017 - Jennifer Schrack
  • March 1, 2017 - Alden Gross
  • April 5, 2017 - Mara McAdams DeMarco
  • May 3, 2017 - Charles Brown
  • June 7, 2017 - Damani Piggott
  • July 5, 2017 - Aarti Mathur
  • August 2, 2017 - Nancy Schoenborn


Past Sessions 

Click here to access the SharePoint Site for the Pepper Scholars Program.

If you have questions or would like to request access to the Pepper Scholars Program intranet site, please contact

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Recent JHU OAIC Publications:

"Physical Frailty Assessment in Older Women: Can Simplification Be Achieved Without Loss of Syndrome Measurement Validity?"

"Declines and Impairment in Executive Function Predict Onset of Physical Frailty"

"The Association Between Preoperative Frailty and Postoperative Delirium After Cardiac Surgery"

"Frailty: A Tale of Two Concepts" 



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