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Upcoming Events
Funding Opportunities

September 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 

Management of Persistent Pain in the Older Patient  

A team of TRIPLL investigators, including Dr. Cary Reid (TRIPLL's director), Dr. Una Makris (Roybal pilot grantee), Dr. Robert Abrams and Dr. Barry Gurland (TRIPLL affiliates), recently published an article in JAMA which sought to
identify "barriers to persistent pain management in older adults, current management approaches, including pharmacologic, nonpharmacologic and rehabilitative approaches that can help improve treatment outcomes." A search of MEDLINE and Cochrane databases was conducted to identify relevant literature. The authors found that "a combination of pharmacologic, nonpharmacologic and rehabilitative approaches in addition to a strong therapeutic alliance between patient and physician is essential in achieving the goals of therapy."


Full article 


Neighborhood Influence on Chronic Pain Development

yellow-house-window.jpg The authors of a recent study published in Pain evaluated the relationship between living in a lower socioeconomic status neighborhood and its influence on musculoskeletal pain (MSP) outcomes after traumatic stress exposures such as motor vehicle collision (MVC). The authors "performed a multicenter, prospective study that enrolled 948 individuals within 24 hours of MVC, and assessed individuals' socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, pain prior to MVC, litigation status and opioid use." Follow up evaluations were completed in 6 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year after MVC. The authors found that "living in more disadvantaged neighborhoods was associated with increased MSP and increased pain interference with daily function."


Full article  


Swimming and Golf - Lower Risks of Falling?

pool-lanes.jpg The authors of a recent study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology examined "the associations between common sporting activities and the incidence of falls, and whether lower risks can be attributed to the superior balance of sports participants." A population-based cohort of 1,667 older men (mean age =76.8 years) were studied between 2005 and 2011. The authors found that "golfers and swimmers had significantly lower risks of falling, and that swimming was the only activity associated with a protective effect." Additionally, the authors conclude that "balance indicators were strong predictors of the incidence of falls."


 Full article


Musculoskeletal Pain and Insomnia Onset  

The authors of a recent study published in Rheumatology sought to examine "the role of pain, physical limitation and reduced social participation in predicting, and mediating insomnia onset." The authors conducted a prospective cohort study, including 6676 individuals ages 50 and older who completed questionnaires at baseline and 3-year follow-up. The authors found that "pain increased the risk of insomnia onset at 3 years and that this association was mediated by physical limitation and reduced social participation."  


Full article


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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

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Lecture, Lunch and Conversation

Date: September 18, 2014,12:00 - 2:00 PM 

Location: Hospital for Special Surgery, 2nd Floor Conference Center 
Overview: This monthly group program provides education and support for people with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis and their family members and friends. Lectures by rheumatoid arthritis care experts are followed by discussion facilitated by a clinical social worker and rheumatology nurse. A pre-assessment and registration is required before attending the program.

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Shape Up NYC: Chair Toning

Date: Every Mon and Wed through Febuary 5, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 AM 

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center in St. Mary's park, Bronx, NY 

Overview: A seated exercise class that strengthens muscle groups with minimal impact on joints. This Shape Up NYC program is free and open to the public.


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8th Annual Pain and Migraine Therapeutics Summit 

Date: September 24-25, 2014

Location: Hilton Boston Back Bay, Boston, MA

Overview: Arrowhead's Annual Pain & Migraine Therapeutics Summit is the US's premier pain conference covering the field of pain research and therapeutics. Leaders from the pharmaceutical, biotech, device, and medical communities attend this conference to learn about the latest advances in the treatment of various types of pain and to network with colleagues from industry, the non-profit sector, academia, the medical community, government, and investors.  


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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

Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists' Transition to Aging Research
Funder: National Institute of Health/National Institute of Aging
Funding Amount: $75,000
Due Dates: September 28, 2014; October 28, 2014
Overview: The goal of the GEMSSTAR FOA is to provide support for early-stage physician-scientists, trained in medical or surgical specialties, to launch careers as future leaders in research on aging or in geriatrics. To achieve this goal, the GEMSSTAR FOA provides small grants to conduct transdisciplinary research on aging or in geriatrics research that will yield pilot data for subsequent aging or geriatrics-focused research projects. 

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Sharon S. Keller Chronic Pain Research Program

Funder: American Pain Society (APS) 

Funding Amount: $35,000

Due Date: September 30, 2014 

Overview: The purpose of this grant program is to fund research projects that investigate the effectiveness of novel non-pharmacologic treatments for pain, and mechanisms underlying these treatment effects. Applications testing novel treatments or innovative applications of existing non-pharmacologic treatments are encouraged.


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Exploratory Project Support Grants and Junior Faculty Career Development Awards
Funder: US National Palliative Care Research Center
Funding Amount: $70,000
Due Date: November 3, 2014
Overview: This funding announcement encourages applications that focus on palliative care research projects in the areas of exploring the relationship of pain and other distressing symptoms to the quality of life, studying methods of communication between seriously ill adults, families and healthcare providers, and evaluating models and systems of care for patients living with advanced illness and their families.
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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, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale, 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.