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December 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 diabetes and cognitive decline, the benefits of regular jogging, the relationship between neighborhood socioeconomics and rehospitalizations, and a new tool to evaluate the way nurses assess pain; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 
Midlife Diabetes and Cognitive Decline in Later Life

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The authors of a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine sought to determine an association between midlife diabetes and 20-year cognitive decline. The study enrolled 13,351 adults within the ages of 48 to 67 at baseline and assessed their cognitive function every 6 years. The study found that, "diabetes in midlife was associated with a 19% greater cognitive decline over 20 years compared to individuals without diabetes." The authors concluded that, "diabetes prevention and glucose control in midlife may protect against late-life cognitive decline."

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Jogging May Prevent Age-Related Decreased Walking Ability


A recent study published in PLOS One aimed to determine if and how regular walking versus regular running affects the ability of older adults to maintain their walking performance. The study enrolled older adults ages 65 and older, who either ran or walked for an average of 30 minutes three times a week for exercise, and compared their walking economy to young and older adults from a prior study. The authors found that, "older runners had 7-10% better walking economy than older walkers," and concluded that running prevents the age-related deterioration of walking economy.


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The Socioeconomics of Rehospitalizations


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In a recently published retrospective cohort study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the authors sought to evaluate the association between neighborhood socioeconomic disadvantages and 30-day rehospitalizations. The study consisted of a random national sample of Medicare patients discharged with various medical conditions between 2004 and 2009. The results of the study showed that, "reshospitalization rates increased within the most disadvantaged neighborhoods." The authors concluded that, "residence within a disadvantaged U.S neighborhood is a predictor of rehospitalization."

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A New Tool for Evaluating the Way Nurses Assess Pain  

A recent study published in Pain Management Nursing utilized a "descriptive correlational design to develop and validate a tool to assess nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and reported practice of pain assessment in cognitively impaired elderly patients." The study enrolled a sample of 263 nurses to test The Tool for Evaluating the Way Nurses Assess Pain (TENAP) that consist of items to evaluate nurses' knowledge in pain assessment and management, and two vignettes to assess reported practice. The authors reported that TENAP was, "feasible, valid and reliable to assess a nurse's knowledge and reported practice of pain assessment in cognitively impaired elderly patients."

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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

The Age to Come - New scientific and cultural perspectives on aging
Date: December 9th, 2014 
Location: Stockholm, Sweden; Live stream available all day   
Overview:This year's Nobel Week Dialogue aims to introduce new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of aging. The event will gather together a unique constellation of Nobel Laureates, world-leading scientists, experts and thought leaders and engage in a dialogue on the scientific and cultural implications of our aging world.

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TRIPLL's December Work in Progress Seminar

logo TRIPLL will host a work in progress seminar on December 17, 2014 from 12:00 to 1:30 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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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Date: December 6-15, 2014
Location: Multiple US locations
Overview: Join the Arthritis Foundation by participating in one of the largest Holiday Themed Races aimed to fight arthritis. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by helping raise funds to support arthritis research and educational programs.

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Funding Opportunities

The following section consist of recent pain and aging related funding for health care professionals, senior academic researchers, and junior faculty 


Recent Pain and Aging Related Funding

Investigator Award

Funder: Rheumatology Research Foundation 

Funding Amount: $375,000 

Due Date: August 1, 2015 
Overview: The purpose of the Investigator Award is to support basic science, translational and clinical investigators engaged in research relevant to rheumatic diseases for the period between the completion of post-doctoral fellowship training and establishment as an independent investigator.

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Arthritis and Aging Research Grant
Funder: Arthritis National Research Foundation
Funding Amount: Up to $100,000
Due Dates: January 15, 2015
Overview: In a collaborative effort, the Arthritis National Research Foundation and the American Federation for Aging Research are seeking grant applications that focus on studying the underlying mechanisms of the aging process as it relates to arthritis.

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IASP Early Career Research Grant
Funder: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
Funding Amount: $20,000
Overview: The IASP Early Career Research Grant facilitates a development of young researchers just starting their careers as independent investigators. Multiple grants are awarded per year to support researchers who are in the early career stage of pain related investigations.

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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,
and The Hebrew Home at Riverdale.