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July 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 evaluate the possible relationship between pain and depression among older adults, the factors that influence back pain, the relationship between weight gain and osteoarthritis symptoms, and the effects of joint pain and physical functioning among older adults; 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 

Back pain among Older Adults

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The authors of a recent review published in Maturitas evaluated the challenges physicians face when diagnosing lower back pain among older adults.  The authors state that there are multiple "potential causes and concerns regarding the missed diagnosis of pain, which explains why physicians find the assessment, investigation and treatment of chronic low back pain in older adults challenging." The authors conclude that the "review describes the classification of low back pain in older adults, highlights the appropriate use of medical imaging and provides an overview of surgical and non-surgical management of these patients."


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Physical Functioning among Older Adults with Joint Pain

The authors of a recent study published in Maturitas identified possible indicators that may be responsible for decreased physical functioning among older adults with joint pain. The authors enrolled "407 older adults with joint pain who provided data over a period of 18 months, with 6 month time-intervals." The authors conclude that the prognostic model created as a result of the study was helpful in facilitating the classification of patients who are at a higher risk of developing poor physical functioning due to joint pain.


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Pain and Depression among Nursing Home Residents

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The authors of a recent study published in International Psychogeriatrics examined the relationship between chronic pain and depressive symptoms among older adults. The aim of the "study was to analyze the role of activity restriction in the pain-depression relationship in older people, and to test the hypothesis that this role is more relevant in community-dwelling older people than in nursing home residents." The study results indicate that "overall, it may be that what is really important to emotional well-being is not so much pain itself, but rather the way in which the pain alters older people's lives."


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Weight gain and Knee Pain among Older Osteoarthritis Patients

The authors of a study published in Arthritis reviewed the extent to which "weight status impacts salient physical, health, and pain measures in older, knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients." The authors assessed differences in mobility performance (stair climb and 400-meter walk), and pain symptoms as a function of weight status." The study results indicate that "normal weight subjects outperformed obese participants on most measures of physical activity and well being."


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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

NYSORA's 13th Annual Symposium or Regional Anesthesia, Pain and Perioperative Medicine

Date: September 20-21, 2014

Location: New York, NY

Overview: One of the largest symposia in the field, with some 500 delegates attending annually! Two parallel sessions, our innovative workshops and associated social programs offer opportunities for long-lasting connections between all who attend. The symposium will feature the NYSORA THINK-TANK (NTT) lecture series for the first time. Each 20 minute lecture is delivered by key opinion leaders in the field of pain management and anesthesia, followed by a 10 minute discussion with the audience. 


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13 Annual Pain Medicine Meeting

Date: Novemeber 13-16, 2014

Location: Hyatt Regency, 5 Embaracardero Center, San Francisco CA

Overview: The 13th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting is a three and a half day, foremost scientific and educational event on invasive and non-invasive targeted therapies in pain medicine. This international meeting provides a wide range of educational opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse audience of approximately 900 practitioners and is structured in such a way to allow learners to tailor their educational experience and select content based on their individual needs. The comprehensive offering ensures a strong practical focus delivering information of take-home value that can be put to immediate use in practice.


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American College of Rheumatology 2014 Annual Meeting

Date: November 14-19, 2014

Location: Boston Convention Exibition Center, Boston MA

Overview: The ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting brings together nearly 15,000 domestic and international participants, including physicians, health professionals, and industry partners from over 100 countries.

This six day meeting will showcase cutting edge and timely topics in clinical and basic science of rheumatologic care, as well as the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of rheumatic diseases and its comorbid conditions.


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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

Fibromyalgia research Grant
Funder: American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc. (AFSA)
Funding Amount: $50,000
Due Date: Rolling Acceptance
Overview:  Proposals submitted for review should be relevant to AFSA's research priorities. By investigating the areas described below, AFSA believes that better diagnostic tools and treatments will be made available to patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) and its overlapping conditions. In the past, AFSA's focus has been on pain mechanisms and treatment. While advances have been achieved in these areas, little progress has been made toward characterizing the sleep disturbances in FMS patients. This is why AFSA is putting aside $300,000 for studies pertaining to sleep. The purpose of AFSA's sleep research initiative is to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the neurobiology of sleep in people with FMS and the various symptoms of this condition.
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Mechanisms of Health Remediation in Older Adults (R01)
Funder: NIH
Funding Amount: TBD
Due Date: Rolling Acceptance
Overview: This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) solicits R01 grant applications from applicant organizations that propose to develop and implement interventions to remediate age-related cognitive decline. A crucial feature of these applications will be the embedding of the testing of the proposed intervention into a measurement framework that will: 1) help elucidate its mechanism of action; 2) identify specific individuals who are more likely or less likely to benefit from the intervention, and 3) examine whether adaptive plastic changes have occurred in the structure or function of the CNS as a result of the intervention, and whether these neural changes help explain the pattern of improvement seen in cognitive functioning. 
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Glenn/AFAR Scholarships for Research in the Biology of Aging
Funder: American Federation for Aging Research
Funding Amount:TBD
Due Date: January 15, 2015
OverviewUp to ten scholarships will be awarded in 2014.  They will enable PhD, MD, and DO candidates at any level to undertake a three-to-six-month research project on a subject related to the basic sciences and aging.  Students are encouraged to make their proposals as focused as possible, and the strongest projects are those that focus on a particular subject area. Clinical, epidemiology, health services, and outcome projects will not be considered.
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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.