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January 2015

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 impact of technology and mobile apps in pain management, the role of depression in pain and cognitive performance and other studies from TRIPLL investigators; as well as upcoming events and recent funding opportunities. 

News and Recent Research

The following section features recent news and research studies 
Mobile-Web App to Self-Image Low Back Pain

In an effort to improve treatment of Nonspecific low back pain (NLBP), investigators evaluated the efficacy of FitBack, a mobile-Web intervention, in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. FitBack helps users learn about and implement NLBP management and prevention strategies. At the time of the four-month follow-up, participants assigned to the FitBack intervention group were significantly less likely to report current back pain then those assigned to the control group and the alternative care group. The results of this RCT suggest promise in the field of mobile health technology for positive NLBP outcomes.   


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Role of Depressive Symptoms in Pain and Cognitive Performance


A recent study published in Maturitas, evaluated "the extent to which experiences of pain are associated with cognitive performance and the contribution of depressive symptoms to this association." Data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation was used to conduct a cross sectional analysis. The authors evaluated the associations between aspects of pain and cognitive performance with and without depression. The study found that, "greater pain is associated with poorer cognitive performance in mid-life women, and that depressive symptoms play an important role in this association."


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TRIPLL Investigators' Research   


Secrets to Love, Relationships & Marriage From The Wisest Americans  

Photo courtsey of Abdullah Alshehri
Karl Pillemer, TRIPLL's co-director, recently released a book revealing the secrets to a happy and lifelong marriage. Dr. Pillemer and his research team interviewed more than 700 retirees, ages 65 and older, who were happily married for an average of 43 years. His new book, 30 Lessons for Loving: Advice from the Wisest Americans on Love, Relationships, and Marriage, includes his findings from the study and many other insights into the keys to a successful marriage. 

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Chronic Pain Patients Receive Social Support via Text Messages


A team of TRIPLL Investigators and affiliates, including Cary Reid,  TRIPLL's director and Jamie Guillory, Pamara Chang, Chuck Henderson and Geri Gay, recently published an article in the Clinical Journal of Pain which sought to, "examine the preliminary effects of a SMS text message-based social support intervention for reducing daily pain interference levels, improving affect and perceptions of social support in patients with chronic non-cancer pain." The authors enrolled 68 participants who downloaded a pain tracking app to their smartphones and used it to record daily pain scores. Additional social support text messages were delivered to participants in the intervention group. The study found that social support delivered via text messages helped reduced perceptions of pain and improved positive affect for chronic non-cancer pain 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

26th Annual Conference on Aging and Vendor Expo: The Transformation of Aging
Date: January 20th, 2015
Location: New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, NY 10036   
Overview: The Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City's Annual Conference on Aging is bringing its 26th year of expertise to the NYC aging services community. The conference will provide attendees with opportunities in professional development, networking, and national perspective on the field of aging.

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TRIPLL's January Work in Progress Seminar

logo TRIPLL will host a work in progress seminar on Friday, January 16 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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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

2015 North American Spine Society Grants

Funder: North American Spine Society    

Funding Amount: $50,000 

Due Date: February 2, 2015 
Overview: North American Spine Society (NASS) supports basic, clinical and translational science research. NASS research grants provide funding for promising research projects by qualified investigators in the filed of spine. Various grants and fellowships are awarded to qualified applicants each year.

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TRIPLL: Pilot Study Grant Program 2015

Funder: NIH/NIA
Funding Amount: Up to $20,000
Due Dates: January 30, 2015
Overview: The TRIPLL Pilot program provides funding for one year research projects. The program emphasizes on investigator development/mentorship and provides opportunities to build research across various disciplines, institutions and settings. Proposed projects should focus on: 1) Translating basic behavioral and social science research findings in the area of behavior change among older adults with pain, and 2) Developing innovative methods, tools, and strategies for translating research that can be extended beyond pain and behavior change to other common problems affecting older adults.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Cara Kenien at or 212-746-1237.  


Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults (R01)
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Funding Amount: TBD
Due Dates: Feb 5, June 5, Oct 5, 2015
Overview: This Funding Opportunity Announcement invites applications that propose basic, clinical, and epidemiological outcomes research on the impact of age on the development of, diagnosis, and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease complications in older persons or animal models.

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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.