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Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities

May 2014

Updates from TRIPLL!

The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIH funded Edward R. Roybal Center. Our eNewsletter features recent news, events, and funding opportunities related to pain and aging. In this issue we highlight studies that address the relationship between dance therapy for improving mobility, improving insomnia symptoms, pain among ethnically diverse older adults, and pain and depression; as well as upcoming events and recent pain and aging related funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 

Recent Presentation on Decision Making among Older Adults with Pain 

Catherine Riffin, a Doctoral Candidate at Cornell University and a TRIPLL Pilot awardee, recently made a presentation at the Bronfrenbrenner Center for Translational Research titled: "Communication Planning among  Older Adults with Chronic Non-Cancer Pain." Her talk focused on the decision making process of older adults experiencing chronic pain and what factors determine whether they seek help from family members, friends, or health care professionals. 


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Dance Therapy for Improving Mobility

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The authors of a recent study published in Geriatric Nursing examined evidence suggesting that "decreased gait speed in older adults can lead to dependency" as a result of pain and stiffness. The authors enrolled 37 older adults from a local senior center who reported lower extremity pain. Participants were then separated into a Healthy-Steps dance therapy group or a non-dance therapy control group. The authors conclude that "study findings support the need for additional research using dance-based therapy for older adults with lower extremity pain."


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Improving Insomnia Symptoms may Predict Long-term Improvements in Sleep, Pain and Fatigue among Older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in Pain "examined the relationship between short-term improvement in sleep and long-term sleep, pain and fatigue outcomes among older adults through secondary analyses of randomized controlled trial data." The authors enrolled 367 older adults age 60 and older with osteoarthritis (OA) pain and insomnia from a local primary care population. The authors conclude that "the findings are consistent with benefits of improved sleep for chronic pain and fatigue among older persons with osteoarthritis pain and co-morbid insomnia if robust improvements in sleep are achieved and sustained."


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Pain Among Ethnically Diverse Older Adults

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The authors of a recent study published in Journal of Applied Gerontology evaluated "ethnic variations on pain prevalence, intensity, interference/function/disability, and treatment in older adults." The authors searched major scientific databases from 1990-2011 and identified 27 studies that met their inclusion criteria. Of the 27 accepted studies, 17 (63%) found that minority older adults reported a higher prevalence of pain and higher pain intensity compared with responses by non-Hispanic White older adults. The authors conclude that "there are interracial/ethnic differences in pain assessment and treatment interventions among older adults."


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Pain and Depression Among Older Adults

The authors of recent study published in Orthopaedic Nursing evaluated the "evidence indicating that depression and chronic pain co-occur, and both experiences tend to worsen as the number of comorbidities increases" among older adults. The authors enrolled 1,592 community dwelling older adults who "reported the presence of bodily pain."  The authors conclude that the "prevalence and impact of pain and other co-occurring conditions suggest their importance in planning care for the elderly with arthritis."


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 Upcoming Events

The following section includes upcoming seminars, meetings, wellness courses, and conferences that  focus on aging, pain, or research methods

TRIPLL's  May Work-in-Progress Seminar 

TRIPLL will host a Work in Progress (WIP) seminar on May 21, 2014 from 12:00PM -1:00PM EST. The WIP is an open forum designed to improve the research proposals of junior and senior researchers, faculty, and health care professionals. Contact Marcus Warmington at with questions or to register.  
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TRIPLL's May 2014 Webinar 

Tamara Baker, PhD; Associate Professor, School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, "Identifying the Continuum of Contextual Factors Contributing to Pain Disparities:From variants of age discrimination, cultural sensitivity, and beyond," on May 19th from 3:00PM-4:00PM EST.


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2014 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 
This conference will take place on May, 15, 2014 - May, 17, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The AGS Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier educational event in geriatrics, providing the latest information on clinical care, research on aging, and innovative models of care delivery. The 2014 Annual Meeting will address the educational needs of geriatrics professionals from all disciplines. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term care and managed care providers, health care administrators, and others can update their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art educational sessions and research presentations.  

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The following Wellness Course is for Community Dwelling Older Adults


Arthritis Basics for Change: Info and Tools to Cope with Arthritis  

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This course involves a 1-hour program that provides information and tips on exercise, diet, types of medications, and alternative therapies. All attendees receive a free "Walk with Ease" book. 
Click here to register or call 212-606-1613.
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Funding Opportunities

Recent pain and aging related funding for health care professionals, senior academic researchers, and junior faculty 


Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding
IASP John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship
FunderInternational Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Funding Amount: $50,000
Due Date: May 31, 2014
OverviewThe John J. Bonica Trainee Fellowship was established in 1998 in memory of the founder of IASP to support training in all aspects of pain research. During the fellowship the trainee will pursue either clinical research or basic science research under the guidance of a mentor at the institution of his or her choice. The fellowship is not intended to supplement or extend current training. Preference will be given to candidates who seek training outside their current institution.
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Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship: A Media and Policy Initiative
FunderThe Mayday Fund
Funding Amount: TBD
Due Date: July 1, 2014
OverviewThe Mayday Fund, a New York City-based private foundation dedicated to alleviating the incidence, degree, and consequence of human physical pain, is interested in providing new leaders in the pain field with tools that will enable them to reach the broader public. The Fellowship seeks those applicants who have the capacity, time and passion to become active lifelong advocates in the field, and foresee lasting impact from their efforts to improve the lives of people in pain. The 2014-15 class will mark the final year in this round of the Fellowship.

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Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care 
Funder: National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Aging
Funding Amount:TBD
Due Date: January 16, 2015
Overview: This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. This FOA emphasizes studies in a variety of settings including ambulatory care, hospitals (and specific sites within hospitals including specialty wards, intensive care units and emergency departments), assisted living facilities, and short- and long-term care facilities; however, hospice and end-of-life settings are not included within the scope of this FOA, as they are the subject of other NIH programs. 

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The Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life (TRIPLL) is an NIA funded Edward R. Roybal center with a focus on persistent pain due to both cancer and non-cancer related causes. TRIPLL is a collaboration between investigators at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell-Ithaca, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.