The Center's longstanding commitment to geriatric research includes both the generation of new knowledge and the translation and implementation of knowledge in practice to advance the care and treatment of older people.  We currently advance geriatric research through pilot project funding and partnerships within the university and community.

Funding of Research

Generous donors support research that is administered by the Center.  While donors' aims may vary, the overarching goal is to promote best gerontological practices.  These initiatives include the Barbara and Richard Csomay Fund; the Woodrow W. Morris Gerontology Research Fund; and the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund.  Projects funded in the last two years include:

2021

  • Claire Shaw: The CHAT-Acute Pilot Study: Adapting and Evaluating an Online Educational Program for Elderspeak Reduction in Acute Care
    • Donor: Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund
  • Natany da Costa Ferreira Oberfrank: Developing and validation an instrument for heart failure symptom management motivation
    • Donor: Woodrow W. Morris Gerontology Research Grant
  • Kyung Soo Kim: Experts Evaluation for an Art Making Intervention for Older Persons with Chronic Pain
    • Donor: Barbara and Richard Csomay Faculty Research Award

2020

  • Daniel Liebzeit: How older adults and their caregivers identify and utilize community
    resources and other support following illness and hospitalization
    • Donor: Barbara and Richard Csomay Faculty Research Award
  • Kyung Soo Kim: Designing an Art Making Intervention for Older Persons with Chronic
    Pain
    • Donor: Barbara and Richard Csomay Student Research Award
  • Heather Bair and Clarissa Shaw: Advancing Methods of Measurement and Education for Communication
    in Dementia Care
    • Donor: Woodrow W. Morris Gerontology Research Grant

 

Promotion of Research

The Center seeks to collaborate with a broad cross-section of community partners, interdisciplinary UI researchers, students, practitioners, and external stakeholders to identify and pursue funding opportunities that address key geriatric and gerontological issues.  We engage with a diverse group of entities that share our vision for advancing optional aging through innovative technologies, practice, and products.  Research promotion activities involve collaborations to identify funding opportunities, advance inter-disciplinary and community engagement, and build infrastructure to advance both discovery and translation to practice.  We are constantly looking for new partners and invite all interested parties to contact us at csomy-center@uiowa.edu.