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November 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 postoperative pain and delirium, the relationship between vision disorders and falls in older adults, the opinion of community-dwelling older adults' opinion on pain treatment, and chronic pain treatment in patients with dysphasia; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 
TRIPLL Successfully Renewed!
TRIPLL's Roybal Center application to the National Institute on Aging was successful! We were awarded a competitive five year renewal to continue our Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life, and we welcome our new core investigators: Jeanne Teresi, PhD, EdD and Mildred Ramirez, PhD from The Hebrew Home at Riverdale and Corinna Loeckenhoff, PhD from Cornell University in Ithaca. We look forward to continued collaboration with you through the upcoming years!

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Community-Dwelling Older Persons' Opinion on Chronic Pain Treatment

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The authors of a recent study published in Age and Ageing examined the factors associated with chronic musculoskeletal pain in older adults and their opinions on pain management. The authors conducted a 3-year follow-up study including 270 participants (ages 75 and older) and found that "a persistent hope to receive more attention to pain management was associated with poor self-rated health, moderate-to severe pain and the daily use of analgesics." The study also found that community-dwelling older adults hoped that physicians would pay more attention to their pain management, and concluded that "physicians need to take a more active role in the process of recognizing, assessing and controlling persistent pain in older people."

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Postoperative Pain and Depressive Symptoms Associated with Increased Risk of Delirium  

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A recent study published in The Lancet Psychiatry investigated "whether pain and depressive symptoms interact to increase the risk of delirium." The authors enrolled 459 older adults, ages 70 and older, who were scheduled for an upcoming surgery. Participants' pain and depressive symptoms were assessed pre and post-surgery. The authors also assessed delirium post-surgery and the relation between preoperative pain and postoperative delirium. The study found that "delirium was significantly more frequent in those with depressive symptoms at baseline and that postoperative pain and depressive symptoms are associated with increased risk of delirium."


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Binocular Vision Disorders Linked with Falls Risk in Older Adults

The authors of a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology sought to "evaluate associations between disorders of binocular vision and musculoskeletal injury, fracture and falls in the elderly." The authors conducted a 10-year retrospective study of musculoskeletal injury, fracture or falls in a random sample of 2,196,881 Medicare beneficiaries, ages 65 or older. The study found that "older adults with a disorder of binocular vision have significantly higher odds of sustaining a musculoskeletal injury, fracture or falls."    


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Chronic Pain Treatment and Dysphasia

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A study recently published in Current Medical Research & Opinion sought to investigate the problems of oral chronic pain treatments in patients with dysphagia. The authors conducted a search in Medline and various websites on pain and other health organizations to identify relevant literature. The authors found that there "is an unmet medical need for greater recognition of dysphagia and awareness of potential problems with medication administration in these patients." The authors concluded that physicians should "include a discussion of dysphagia as part of the patient examination."


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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

Veterans In Pain Event
Date: November 13, 2014 
Location: Northport VA Medical Center, NY 11768  
Overview: This event includes a workshop to educate attendees on the impact of pain, discuss innovative approaches and resources available to help a person with pain, share tools and coping strategies to bridge the gap between patients and health care providers, and explore how to establish and maintain a peer lead educational support group. This is a free event for veterans and clinicians.

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TRIPLL's November Work in Progress Seminar

logo TRIPLL will host a work in progress seminar on November 19, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:20 PM EST. The WIP is an open forum designed to improve the research proposals of junior and senior researchers, faculty, and health care professionals. Contact Sonam Lama at with questions or to register.  


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31st Annual Review of Geriatric Medicine 
Date: February 27th - March 3rd, 2015

Location: Long Wharf Marriott Hotel, Boston, MA  

Overview: Join more than 300 physicians, pharmacists, nurse/nurse practitioners and other allied healthcare professionals for the 31st Annual Intensive Course in Geriatric Medicine + Pharmacy and Board Review. This conference emphasizes a functional assessment approach to comprehensive care of older adults and is designed for healthcare professionals who care for this specialized population, and for faculty in geriatrics and gerontology.


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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

Biobehavioral and Technological Interventions to Attenuate Cognitive Decline in Individuals with Cognitive Impairement or Dementia (R21)

Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Funding Amount:$275,000

Due Date: February 16, 2015 
Overview: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to stimulate clinical research focused on biobehavioral or technological interventions to attenuate cognitive decline in individuals with dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, vascular dementia), mild cognitive impairment (MCI), or disease-or age-related cognitive decline. There is particular interest in interventions that can be implemented in community settings by the affected individual, informal caregivers, or others in the community.

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Disease Targeted Innovative Research Grant
Funder: Rheumatology Research Foundation
Funding Amount: Up to $400,000 for 2 years
Due Dates: December 1, 2014
Overview: Through this targeted research program, the Rheumatology Research Foundation is committed to funding innovative research that will impact patient care. Projects may include biomarker development/ validation using patient-derived material, studies to understand pathophysiology using patient-derived material, and studies to improve diagnosis, prognosis or treatment using human subjects or patient-derived materials.

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TRIPLL: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Funder: NIH/NIA
Funding Amount: TBD
Overview: This FOA encourages applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. Behavioral and social scientists as well as clinical researchers with a medical background are encouraged to apply. Candidates must propose a project that relates to the research goals and objectives of TRIPLL's parent grant, which is focused on the translation of behavior change science research to address the problem of later-life pain.
Please contact Cara Kenien at if you're interested or would like any further information.

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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,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Council of Senior Centers & Services of NYC, Inc.