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August 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 explore the relationship between psychosocial factors and pain, the relationship between pain intensity and depression among older adults, how back pain influences mortality rates, and how opioids can induce confusion among postoperative older adults; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 

Pain Complaints and Psychosocial Factors among Older Persons in Europe

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The authors of a recent study published in Medicina (Kauanas) evaluated the relationship 

between abuse and pain complaints among older adults. The authors enrolled a total of "4467 older adults aged 60-84 years who completed questionnaires regarding various areas such as abuse, mental health (e.g. anxiety) and pain complaints (e.g. backache)." The authors found that "abuse was related with certain pain complaints (e.g. headache), but other factors and in particular mental health and physical diseases impacted all pain complaints." 


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Pain Intensity and Disability among Depressed older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in Pain aimed to "describe pain characteristics of depressed older adults and a non-depressed comparison group, and explore physical, lifestyle, psychological and social determinants of acute and chronic pain intensity in depressed older adults." The authors enrolled 378 depressed older adults and 132 non-depressed older adults all 60 years old and above. The results indicated that "depressed older adults more often reported chronic pain and experienced their pain as more intense and disabling in comparison to non-depressed older adults."


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Back Pain and Mortality

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The European Journal of Pain featured a study by a group of authors who sought to "determine whether older adults reporting back pain (BP) are at increased risk of premature mortality." The authors recruited 1174 participants, ages 75 and older, who completed a series of questionnaires. The authors found "a significant association between disabling BP and mortality," which supports previous findings. Furthermore, the study found that women were at greater risk of mortality in comparison to men. The authors conclude that "future research should attempt to understand the mechanisms underpinning why this relationship differs in men and women." 


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Opioids and Confusion among Older Adults after Joint Surgery

The authors of a recent study published in Orthopaedic Nursing evaluated "the development of postoperative confusion and the current practice of pain management for older adult patients with hip or knee arthroplasty." The authors enrolled 97 older adults who "received treatment with opioids during the first 48 hours after their surgery." The study results indicate that "patients receiving lower amounts of opioids in the first 48 hours after surgery were more likely to become confused or disoriented."


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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

Caring for an Aging Population

Date: September 8-19,  2014

Location:  Harwich, England, United Kingdom

Overview: Sessions will focus on current management strategies for a variety of medical conditions seen in clinical care. This course has been designed for family physicians, specialists and allied health professionals. The topics addressed include endocrinology, geriatrics, palliative care, and pain management.


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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

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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Pain and Aging (R21)

Funder: National Institute of Health (NIH)

Funding Amount: $250,000

Due Date: Rolling Acceptance

Overview: "This funding announcement encourages Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) applications from institutions/organizations that propose to study pain from an aging perspective, including studies of older populations, studies of age differences and age-related changes in pain processes and experiences, and studies of pain treatment and management in older adults."


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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.